I know things have been hard for you throughout our marriage, I know that you worry about me often with all of my health problems. Having thyroid disease is hard, but I realize that it’s hard for you to see me struggle and not being able to make things better.
But what you might not know is that you do make things better. Sure, you can’t take away my thyroid disease and all the problems that come with it, but you have been there to help me every step of the way, and that makes all the difference. You make all the difference.
In the King James version of the bible we read Luke 15:3-7 as follows:
3 And he spake this parable unto them, saying,
4 What man of you, having an hundred sheep, if he lose one of them, doth not leave the ninety and nine in the wilderness, and go after that which is lost, until he find it?
5 And when he hath found it, he layeth it on his shoulders, rejoicing.
6 And when he cometh home, he calleth together his friends and neighbours, saying unto them, Rejoice with me; for I have found my sheep which was lost.
You have probably read this before and perhaps likened it unto yourself in the fact that nobody is perfect and that there is a need for repentance from sin.
While it is true that through Jesus Christ and His atonement we can become clean of sin or in the case of the lost sheep, rescued from sin, there is another aspect of the atonement of Jesus Christ that should be examined and explained more thoroughly.
In many ways the twist on the parable I’ll present is more applicable to those already striving to become more like Christ but are burdened by mental, physical, emotional, or spiritual loads through no choice to sin or stray from the path the Savior has shown us have become heavily burdened.
I’m a very stubborn, I’ll-do-it-myself kind of person. So accepting and let alone ASKING for help is very difficult for me.
Now lets pile on some some depression, anxiety, and plenty of health problems on top of my already stubborn personality, and viola! Things just got so much harder.
After reading that I thought, well it seems like I’d have plenty of reasons TO BE asking for help. And that’s true. But getting to the point of admitting to myself that I needed to ask for help wasn’t easy.
Even though it may not seem like a big deal normally, getting out of bed when you have depression is a daunting and monuments task. When you actually make it out of bed AND shower, well, you feel you should get a huge standing ovation because it took real strength to get that far in your day. Take it from me, I know.
As you well know though, there are never literal standing ovations waiting for us after we conquer a task. However, I believe that there are metaphorical standing ovations we can enjoy while struggling with depression.
While I read through post after post, blog after blog, about recommendations to help get me up and doing at least something, none really seemed to stick out as being particularly rewarding. Now I know we aren’t little animals wishing for a treat after doing a trick, but we are human beings who need to feel a sense of worth and accomplishment, especially when dealing with depression.
Here are five things I’ve found that help me get out of bed, be productive, feel better about myself, or find rewarding when I’m dealing with depression.