Are you feeling down? Do you wonder, “Am I the only Christian woman out there struggling with this?” I know I have felt that way many times and asked that question. Truth is contrary to popular belief, feeling down is common because we’re humans and we’re alive in this world.
Feeling depressed is a humbling experience, though, and it is not a pleasant part of life, as it can cause one to feel less spiritual and unable to be of any use to the Lord and/or to others. This may be the reason why so many hide these negative feelings and choose to suffer in silence.
Knowing, as a Christian, you are never alone (Hebrews 13:5 KJV) is reassuring in times like these. May I offer you six things to do when you feel down that helped me?
1. Pray to God and empty out all of your feelings to him. (He knows how you are feeling, anyway, so there is no sense in trying to hide your negative feelings from Him.) Confess any known sins that may be causing you to feel down. (1 John 1:9 KJV)
2. Ask the Holy Spirit to help you through difficult, trying times. Run to God not away from him. (James 4:8 KJV)
3. Stay faithful to reading your Bible daily, even when you don’t feel like it. Often the Holy Spirit has spoken words of encouragement through Bible reading. (John 14:18 KJV)
4. Remember, this too, shall pass. Think of all the verses in the KJV that say, “And it came to pass…”, and be assured whatever your circumstance is, it surely will not last forever.
5. Count your blessings and praise the Lord out loud for each one. The Lord inhabits the praises of men. (Psalms 147:1 KJV)
6. If you feel down or depressed for more than a few days, seek help and reach out to someone: your spouse, a trustworthy friend, your Pastor, or a Christian Life Coach at christianlifecoachtools.com. Make an appointment with your medical doctor, if need be.
Sometimes, we have a physical issue going on that causes us to feel down-such as an injury. Patience is key, here, as I have been there, my friends, and it is not a fun place to be. Thankfully, in time, I recovered with the help of God, medical doctors, and anti-inflammatory prescriptions.
Another issue that may be causing low mood could be hormonal imbalance. Finding out I had a hormonal imbalance, which was definitely attributed to my low mood, was a blessing. I highly recommend testing your hormones with Proov if you suspect an imbalance. (I’ve included a link here and a $5 coupon) http://proovtesting.refr.cc/karrieh It was such a blessing to learn of ways to balance my hormones naturally and get relief from many afflictions caused by hormonal imbalances.
Figuring out whether you need spiritual, emotional, or physical help is key. Ask, seek, and find help when you’re feeling down.