Anxiety weighs down the heart, but a kind word cheers it up. – Proverbs 12:25 (NIV)
January is by far my least favorite month. It just seems so long and it’s normally cold. It’s also dark a lot.
It’s a perfect month to be depressed. It’s also a perfect month to grow closer to God by attending church, praying, and reading the Bible.
I am not a doctor and I don’t even play one on TV, but I think that most people get depressed. According to the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), signs and symptoms of depression include:
- Persistent sad, anxious, or “empty” feelings
- Feelings of hopelessness or pessimism
- Feelings of guilt, worthlessness, or helplessness
- Irritability, restlessness
- Loss of interest in activities or hobbies once pleasurable, including sex
- Fatigue and decreased energy
- Difficulty concentrating, remembering details, and making decisions
- Insomnia, early-morning wakefulness, or excessive sleeping
- Overeating, or appetite loss
- Thoughts of suicide, suicide attempts
- Aches or pains, headaches, cramps, or digestive problems that do not ease even with treatment.
Click HERE to read how you can help yourself if you are depressed.
Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light. – Matthew 11:28-30 (NIV)
Have a great week – and let’s not let January get us down!