At this time when the world is at a standstill due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic where we are all asked by our respective country governments to stay home and observe social distancing that has changed our normal ordeal of life, many will find it very difficult to cope with these new life changes.
A lot of persons are driven by panic and some by fear of survival, people have lost their loved ones to COVID-19 deaths, and many people don’t even have enough resources and money to fend for themselves and their family members. Times like these, people would find it very difficult to bear the pains which gets them depressed.
Along with the tens of thousands of deaths happening across the world, people’s mental health has been taking a collective toll amidst the coronavirus pandemic, the virus has caused economic struggles due to businesses closing indefinitely and major events being pushed back or cancelled altogether. Such stressors have caused suicide reports to surface around the globe.
Reports have it that in Italy, a 34-year-old nurse committed suicide after learning she tested positive for the coronavirus. She was terrified that she infected others while in the line of duty according to DailyMail.com. In the U.K., a 19-year-old waitress committed suicide over fears of the “mental health impacts” from isolation due to the coronavirus, according to The New York Post.
A few days before she was found unresponsive, the teen warned relatives that she couldn’t deal with “her world closing in, plans being cancelled and being stuck inside” during the coronavirus pandemic. In the U.S., things have been just as bleak with the New York Post reporting a man with cancer hanging himself in a Manhattan hospital after he realized he tested positive for the coronavirus.
Cases of suicide deaths as reported can be accredited to the effect of depression. Where depression is seen as a mood disorder that causes a persistent feeling of sadness and loss of interest. Also called a major depressive disorder or clinical depression, it affects how you feel, think and behave and can lead to a variety of emotional and physical problems.
I choose to write about depression that can be propelled by this global pandemic COVID-19 and other issues because I am a suicide survivor and from my personal experience, one major cause of suicide is DEPRESSION.
So, to overcome the coronavirus (COVID-19) depression or other issue causing depressions, I will be sharing some ideas that can help you overcome depression at this time.
These antidotes to depression can help you now and anytime you face depression from any personal issues.
ACCEPTING YOUR CURRENT STATUS QUO: As I shared earlier, many people like yourself are going through a lot of personal issues this time. You may not realize people face similar challenges, emotions, and obstacles as you, but It’s very important to take your mental health seriously and accept that where you are right now isn’t where you’ll always be.
The key to self-treatment for depression is to be open, accepting, and loving yourself and what you’re going through.
TRY DOING THINGS THAT MAKE YOU FEEL GOOD: To overcome depression, you have to do things that relax and energize you. This includes following a healthy lifestyle, learning how to better manage stress, setting limits on what you’re able to do, and scheduling fun activities into your day. While staying at home, you can’t force yourself to have fun or experience pleasure, you can push yourself to do things, even when you don’t feel like it.
You might be surprised at how much better you feel once you’re out in the world. Even if your depression doesn’t lift immediately, you’ll gradually feel more upbeat and energetic as you make time for fun activities.
KNOWING TODAY’S ISSUES ARE NOT INDICATIVE OF TOMORROW: Today’s mood, emotions, or thoughts don’t belong to tomorrow. If you were unsuccessful accomplishing your goals today, or you feel this whole lockdown saga won’t end anytime soon, just remember that you haven’t lost tomorrow’s opportunity of trying and living your normal life.
So, give yourself the grace to accept that while some days like this tough period will be difficult, some coming days will also be great.
STOP OVERGENERALIZING ISSUES YOU’VE FACED: Depression can tinge recollections with negative emotions. You may find yourself focusing on the one thing that went wrong instead of the many things that went right.
Try to stop this overgeneralization. Push yourself to recognize the good. If it helps, write down what was happy about the event or day. Then write down what went wrong.
Seeing the weight you’re giving to one thing may help you direct your thoughts away from the whole and to the individual pieces that were positive.
DON’T DO THE OPPOSITE THAT VOICE SAYS: That period I was having suicidal ideation that was caused by the depression I faced, part of what helped me overcome was the fact different voices were speaking in my mind and I chose the right voice.
The negative, irrational voice in your head may talk you out of self-help. However, if you can learn to recognize it, you can learn to replace it. Use logic as a weapon to address each thought individually as it occurs in your mind.
If you believe that negative thought won’t be good or worth your time, say to yourself, “I will be fine, it’s just my testing phase for a greater life and following my negative thought won’t help me” You may soon see the negative thought isn’t always realistic.
LISTEN TO RELAXING AND SOUL-LIFTING MUSIC: Truly, music was my companion that period I went through a hell of depression. What helped me was music.
Research shows music can be a great way to boost your mood and improve symptoms of depression. It may also help you strengthen your reception of positive emotions.
Music may be especially beneficial when performed in group settings, such as a musical ensemble or band. Music data streaming platforms like Fidar Music, Spotify, Boomplay etc provides a collection of soul-lifting songs that will be of beneficial help to you.
You will reap peace by simply listening to cool music.
SPEND TIME WITH YOUR FAMILY AND FRIENDS: Depression can tempt you to isolate yourself and withdraw from your friends and family, but face-to-face time can help wash away those tendencies.
If you’re unable to spend time together in person, phone calls or video chats can also be helpful.
Try to remind yourself these people care about you and love you. Resist that temptation to feel like you’re a burden. You need the interaction with them and they likely need yours too.
PRAY AND TALK TO GOD FOR HELP: Many people sideline this very cogent part of life. That is building a quality relationship with God our father.
One thing I do always that helps me when depression comes on me or during that time of my suicidal ideation, I prayed to God, I asked God to come to help me that I can’t overcome this pressure all by myself.
Trust me, the aftermath of my prayers to God, I felt peace within me. You should understand God is your creator and understand how you were made. He can fix your brokenness. All you need to do is to talk to him and tell him your issues.
Furthermore, I compiled some music and bible verses that can help you overcome depression. Check them out below.
MUSIC SELECTION TO OVERCOME DEPRESSION
- What A Beautiful Name – Hillsong Worship
- Rescued – Enyo Sam feat. Yadah
- Not Today – Hillsong
- I Am Not Alone – Kari Jobe
- Oh Jesus – Jon McLaughlin
- Too Faithful – Moses Bliss
- Beyond Me – Yadah
- Christain Songs for Depression – Playlist on Spotify
- You’ll Find Love Again – Brandon Heath
- I Won’t Let You Go – Switchfoot
BIBLE VERSES TO FIGHT DEPRESSION
- Deuteronomy 31:8 (It is the Lord who goes before you. He will be with you; he will not leave you or forsake you. Do not fear or be dismayed.”)
- Isaiah 40:31 (But they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint.)
- John 10:10 (The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.)
- Philippians 4:13 (I can do all things through him who strengthens me.)
- Proverbs 3:5-6 (Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.)
- Psalm 30:5 (For his anger is but for a moment, and his favor is for a lifetime. Weeping may tarry for the night, but joy comes with the morning.)
- 1 Peter 5:7 (Casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you.)
- Philippians 4:6-7 (Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.)
- Psalm 23:4 (Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.)
- Romans 8:28 (And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.)
IN SUMMARY: I am not giving you a 100% guarantee these antidotes to depression will solve your depression-related problems. But if tired, it works and would help you overcome them. I believe if you apply them by God’s help it will work for you.
I want you to stay blessed and loved by God. Also, keep in mind I am praying for you and Jesus Loves you.
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With love from Enyo Sam