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trol them.

Why? Be­cause God has given each of us free will.

When we as­sume re­spon­si­bil­ity for other peo­ple’s de­ci­sions, we ac­cept a bur­den that can de­press us.

Do not be de­pressed by some­thing we can­not control.

My dear­est fam­ily and friends,

When you see signs of mental ill­ness in fam­ily mem­bers and friends, seek out some­one who can con­vince that per­son to seek med­i­cal help. Most peo­ple who are de­pressed or men­tally ill do not re­al­ize they are sick, will not ac­cept that they are ill, and usu­ally refuse med­i­cal in­ter­ven­tion.

De­pressed per­sons have dif­fi­culty vo­cal­iz­ing their needs. Their re­la­tion­ship skills are sig­nif­i­cantly di­min­ished and com­mu­ni­ca­tion be­comes a prob­lem, as the per­son is em­bar­rassed to say how he feels, an­tic­i­pat­ing judg­ment.

Let me add some help­ful tips for those who may be en­coun­ter­ing some forms of de­pres­sion:

1. Sun­shine Get plenty of sun­shine. Ex­po­sure to sun­light in­creases the brain’s re­lease of the hor­mone sero­tonin, which boosts mood and helps a per­son feel calm and fo­cused

2. Sleep Get enough sleep and be rested. Lack of sleep and sleep problems are as­so­ci­ated with some forms of de­pres­sive ill­nesses. It can neg­a­tively in­flu­ence your outlook on life, en­ergy level, mo­ti­va­tion and emo­tions. Mood changes af­fect not only your in­di­vid­ual mental health, but your re­la­tion­ships and fam­ily dy­nam­ics.

3. Sup­port Reach out and ac­cept sup­port. Emo­tional sup­port and un­der­stand­ing from fam­ily and friends help the pa­tient on his re­cov­ery jour­ney.

4. Ex­er­cise Pro­tects us from phys­i­cal ail­ments and releases the body’s feel good chem­i­cals called en­dor­phins. Ex­er­cise causes nerve cells to grow and make new con­nec­tions which helps re­lieve de­pres­sion.

5. Eat healthy foods Our bod­ies be­come what we eat. Healthy foods as diet for de­pres­sion in­clude: fatty fish, omega-3, flaxseed, chia seeds, walnuts, canola, soy­bean and olive oils, fresh fruits and dark green leafy veg­eta­bles.

6. Medicines Religiously take medicines pre­scribed by your Psy­chi­a­trist.

7. Mind­set Have a pos­i­tive and proper per­spec­tive. Shift our thoughts away from neg­a­tiv­ity. Avoid be­ing in the com­pany of neg­a­tive­minded per­sons, nag­ging and/or quar­rel­some per­sons. Sur­round our­selves with op­ti­mistic, pos­i­tive, God-fear­ing, and God-in­spired peo­ple. Be with peo­ple who can in­flu­ence us pos­i­tively!

Ro­mans 12:2 says: “Do not con­form to the pat­tern of this world, but be trans­formed by the re­new­ing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and ap­prove what God’s will is – his good, pleas­ing and per­fect will.”

8. Pray Sur­ren­der our con­cerns and frus­tra­tions to the Lord. Let God be part of our lives, and let Him pro­vide the so­lu­tion to the problems that face us, in His time, and ac­cord­ing to His will.

Af­ter we have done our part and given our best, let our sin­gu­lar prayer be:

“Thy will be done.”

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