There came a time in my life when my thinking changed – from how people and circumstances affected me to how I affected other people and circumstances. That change happened amidst major depression, and I credit the new thinking as one of the ingredients in the recipe for triumphing over depression.
If you’ve been reading my blogs for some time, you have seen that there is no silver bullet to deliver one from deep depression, unspeakable grief, or other dark conditions of the soul. It is a bit of this and a bit of that, a matter of many threads working together to form a garment of healing. It’s like a golf swing. You can do one part perfectly, but if you don’t incorporate other parts of the swing, the end result won’t be pretty.
There are threads that are woven from the body – exercise, medication, and good sleep are a few of them. There are other threads from the soul – psychotherapy, cognitive behavioral thinking, faithful friends, and support groups are some. And there are threads from the spirit – a spiritual counselor, Christian inner healing, reading the psalms of David, discovering the stories of the many Christians who have overcome depression. The more threads you weave into the healing fabric, the better your chances for recovery.