Published and revised By Deborah Negron
November 21, 2022
Hey, The Cold Is Here
The Blues Have Started
What To Do?
BEHOLD, HOW good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity!
Psalm 133:1 AMPC
And let us consider and give attentive, continuous care to watching over one another, studying how we may stir up (stimulate and incite) to love and helpful deeds and noble activities, Not forsaking or neglecting to assemble together [as believers], as is the habit of some people, but admonishing (warning, urging, and encouraging) one another, and all the more faithfully as you see the day approaching. Hebrews 10:24-25 Amp.
It is more than the holiday hustle and bustle. There are imposed expectations, these are external. Then there are internal unmet goals or desires that also fill minds with thoughts that tend to bring people down.
Then there are atmosphere changes. The change in eather, the lack of sunlight all play apart on the mood and the feelings. The days seem longer and darker. The coldd makes people want to Hibernate. Less and less people want to be out and about due to the change in climate.
The lack of sunlight causes a lower vitamin D deficit. This causes people to feel lethargic, tired.
Frustration runs high and people tend to want to crawl in their cozy beds and forget about the world.
There are changes in hormonal levels and changes in endorphin levels. These exchanges and hormonal levels can be lost when people do not take the time to gather with others.
People tend to drink less water during the colder months, hence the distribution of iron and other nutrients within the body becomes hindered.
The combination of all these factors and the external and internal unmet desires come together causing some symptoms of depression.
Some great things to do, are to listen to music.
Increase activity, whether by gett ing together with friends or taking a walk in the mall. Go get a massage. Or get a cup of coffee with a good old friend. Volunteer to help in a soup kitchen or in a nursing home. Get out of the rut by filling the day with things that will keep you engaged.
Avoid solitude. Avoid staying in bed. Eat fruits and vegetables not just comfort food. Begin a good vitamin and mineral regimen.
Drink Peppermint Tea
Drink Chamomile Tea
Use Essential oils such as lemon oil to lift mood, peppermint oil
and Lavendar oil to rest.
Vitamin C and Zinc
Make sure to get enough fiber.
Walk daily, have conversations with others. We have video calling, stay connected.
Physically go to Church. The exercise and the physical as well as the emotional exertion will be a blessing. Commune with other believers. This is Healthy and beneficial to your mental health.
The other aspect of this is exactly what the Bible says,
Behold, how good and how pleasant it is For brethren to dwell together in unity!
Psalm 133:1 KJV
This will cause you to place your hope and expectations in the Lord.
Connect, Connect. Connect.
More importantly, talk to God. Pray daily. Ask the Holy Spirit to empower you to encourage yourself. Look for the blessing in each day. Despite the feelings trust the Lord who has promised to be with you always.
Psalm 119:105 says, Thy Word is a lamp unto my feet and a light un to my path.
Taste and see that the Lord is good. Have a morsel of His Word Daily.
Let everyone listen to what the Spirit says to the churches. To everyone who conquers I will give the privilege of eating from the tree of life that is in God’s paradise. Revelation 2:7
Seek Him first and He will provide, bless and add to you all you need. Matheww 6:33
Seek His Righteousness He will provide the rest.
Look at the Psalms and the the book of John.
He will make your burden light. He will keep you in the day of trouble. He will be your joy.
Encourage each other with psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs. Sing and make music in your hearts to the Lord. Ephesians 5:19
Do yourself a favor, Reach out and do not allow the season to steal your joy and your hope.
Practical and easy, Help yourself. And ask the Lord to help you to encourage others too. They may also be feeling the hum and drum of the cold creeping in.
The Antidote to Depression is Hope, Faith and Love. Getting strengthened in God’s Word and eating the meat of God’s Word. It is the best.
Relying on the Body of Christ is good medicine.
Loneliness will be no more. That sense of disconnection goes away. Smile and be friendly. Do not allow yourself to be dragged down by feelings. We can choose to have a sound mind. The Lord gives us the tools we need to stay grounded. We just have to do our part.
Using some practical ideas and choices may make it all better.
Vist others, make them feel the Love too.
God bless you today and during this chilly season.
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