Suffer from depression? Burdened by regrets? Have a tendency toward self-condemnation?
There are times when medication or professional counseling are necessary. Only you can know for sure. But there are steps you can take to help maintain daily emotional health and ward off negative feelings.
Make regularly scheduled efforts to keep positive influences in front of you as often as possible. Stay connected to loved ones. Work hard. Play hard. Be productive. Take care of yourself with moderate diet and exercise. And for goodness sake, get enough sleep!
The best influences come from the Lord. Read scripture intentionally, even if just for a few minutes. Pray every morning and every night. Talk to God regularly. Thank Him for His love. Worship Him in your work and in your recreation. Make time for fellowship with other believers. Be generous with your time and money.
We become what we surround ourselves with. Start small and begin forming good habits one at a time. It’s a long term journey. Don’t go it alone. Ask for help, but God is your ultimate provider. And He’s faithful!
“…being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.” – Philippians 1:6