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A bird doesn’t sing because it has an answer, it sings because it has a song – Maya Angelou #quote

“A bird doesn’t sing because it has an answer, it sings because it has a song.”

Maya Angelou

My favorite ways to destress #mentalhealthawareness

I wanted to share some of the ways that help me deal with anxiety and depression. I don’t talk about it very much, but since I’ve been seeing a counselor since 2019 & May is Mental Health Awareness month, I thought it would be a good opportunity to do so.

I’ve been struggling with anxiety & depression for over 10 years. It started out as minor stress after having surgery in 2008. Then leaving the church I was a member of in 2009 and dealing with some other health issues, it developed into anxiety and several bouts of depression. 

Over the next several years I sought deliverance & prayer from other Christians who God graciously allowed to cross my path who were very compassionate & helped me deal with past traumas. But it wasn’t until 2019 when I started seeing a counselor on a regular basis. I had lost my grandmother in 2018 and ended up falling into depression again because of some things that were going on in my life at the time. I was referred to her through a member of the church I’m attending, since she used to be a member there and I’ve been seeing her ever since.

It’s been very helpful for me to have someone to talk to on a regular basis. Sometimes it’s good to talk to someone outside of your situation to help you see things from different perspectives or ways you hadn’t thought of before.

If you’re a Christian who struggles with anxiety or depression, it’s not your fault. It’s nothing to be ashamed of and anyone who says that you just need more faith, to pray more, or read your Bible more, is the one with the problem.

Prayer of Saint Francis

Lord, make me an instrument of Your peace; 
Where there is hatred, let me sow love; 
Where there is injury, pardon; 
Where there is doubt, faith; 
Where there is despair, hope; 
Where there is darkness, light; 
And where there is sadness, joy. 

O Divine Master,
Grant that I may not so much seek
To be consoled as to console;
To be understood, as to understand;
To be loved, as to love;
For it is in giving that we receive,
It is in pardoning that we are pardoned,
And it is in dying that we are born to Eternal Life.
Amen.