What do you do when after you get up in the morning and the kids are yelling at one another, you are behind on a couple of bills, you’re running late for a business meeting, your spouse and teenagers don’t get along, your money is funny, the toddler’s hungry, you have a doctor’s appointment later that afternoon for your uncontrollable cough, your phone continues to ring, your parents are ill, your siblings are depending on you for moral support during their personal crisis and the list goes on? Well, what do you do?
- Do you scream I want out of here?
- Do you imagine yourself in Hawaii? Or
- Do you go through the Yellow Pages to find the nearest psychiatrist?
If your answer is all of the above, you are correct if you are like most people. However, you are not like everyone who whimpers under the daily pressures of life.
Functionally Depressed People
Most people in this case become functionally depressed. They are capable of functioning during the course of the day, but they are seriously facing depression that can move for the better or it can get worse. The one thing that needs to be understood is that everyone, at one time or another, experiences some form of depression. A slight case of depression is not the end of the world. In fact, it is the start of a new world that is drastically being altered by your present mental status.
It’s All in Your Head
You see, your mind controls your world. It is not the circumstances that one goes through that changes their world; it is how their mind perceives the situation that makes their world what it is. On the other hand, there is nothing wrong with wanting to leave for Hawaii in the midst of turmoil. We have all wished that we were somewhere else when our circumstances seem to have gotten the better of us. However, if you mentally escape for hours in your make believe trip then I might say that you are leaning toward a nervous breakdown. Get help as quick as possible from a qualified source. Your mind is trying to find ways to cope with what it is experiencing because there may be little or no attempt on the part of the person to take control of their situation.
Coping with Life
Although there is no single cause for depression, we are aware that one factor is psychosocial. Psychosocial is relating to both the psychological and the social aspects of something, or relating to something that has both of these aspects. To put it plainly, it is how your mind copes with the problems one experiences. Life happens to everyone! During your days on God’s green earth, you are going to have problems-it is a part of life.
Commanding Your Mountains
Instead of allowing your circumstances to leave an impression of depression, turn them into an aggression of expression. Meaning this, control the outcome instead of allowing the chips to fall where they may. Napoleon Hill once said,
“Every adversity, every failure, every heartache carries with it the seed of an equal or greater benefit.”
The problems we incur in life would not be considered hurdles or obstacles if there were no way over or around them. There are no hopeless situations; there are just people who have grown weary as a result of them. Make a conscious decision that you will not allow your once in a while problems to result in everyday feelings of depression. Give firm instructions to the disorder in your life and they will follow your command. When your molehills turn into mountains, do not look at the size of them and consider how you are going to climb them. Jesus once said to His followers,
“You can say to this mountain, be removed…and it will obey you.”
Therefore, command your mountains! It takes too much time to climb them.