This year alone, over 15 million adults in the United States will experience depression. Are you one of those adults? If not, it is likely that you care about someone who has struggled with depression or mental health issues. It is, unfortunately, a very common issue, and Christians are just as susceptible to it as non-Christians.
When you are struggling with depression, you may have thoughts that God has deserted you in your time of need. You may be wondering where God is, and you may feel you have lost your closeness to Him. Would He let you be depressed? Perhaps you feel alone. Perhaps you feel like there is no hope. No matter how much faith you have, you may believe the lie that God doesn’t care about you.
So how can you find your faith again when you are in the middle of a depression? Here are a few tips.
1. Don’t Believe the Lie of Depression
Depression often distorts reality. It causes you to reevaluate things in your life and see them through a distorted lens. You need to stop worrying about these things. You need to recognize that depression will tell you a lot of lies. And you need to find a way to stop believing the things that your depression is causing you to think.
2. Ask a loved one to remind you of the truth
Getting a friend or family remember to remind you that God still cares about you and that life is still worth living can be a great thing to do when you are in the middle of depression. If you are the loved one of a person who is depressed, and they ask you to remind them of this, you don’t need to criticize them for their lack of faith. You just need to be kind and loving and help them to remember how great God’s love is, too.
3. Take a walk outside
I know I feel much more connected to God when I am outside in the middle of nature. Fresh air is also a mood lightener. Nature can be incredibly healing, and it can remind you that if God can create something as beautiful and as vast as the oceans or the mountains or the fields, He can also help you with your depression.