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Updated: Jun 6, 2022

Small Steps to Overcoming Depression

Self > or < GOD: Pro. 4:23

Where is your heart centered? (James 1:14-15, Prov 20:5, Prov 4:23, Prov 3:5-6)

Are you trusting in GOD who holds you (Prov 3:5-6) or are your circumstances and pain driving you down the slippery slope of depression (1 Cor 10:13, Ps 42, 43)?

The following steps will help you gain new footing and place you on a firm foundation (Mat. 7-24-27).

Step 1:

I will pray and meditate on GOD’s Word daily at this time: ____________

Have you taken time to nourish your body and rest so that you can move forward feeling physically strong and receive GOD’s blessing (Ex 23:25, 1 Cor 10:31)?

Step 2:

Physical Nourishment is important: Lack of nourishment can increase a depressive state and improper diet can be a contributing factor ( 1 Kings 19: 5-6).

Eat even when you do not feel like it.

I will eat breakfast at: _________________

I will eat lunch at: ____________________

I will eat dinner at: ___________________

Have you taken time to walk and care for your body so that you can receive GOD’s blessings as HIS worshiper and as your healer (1 Cor 10:31, Rom 11:36, Ps 30:2-3)?

Step 3:

Exercise Daily:

I will spend time walking or exercising daily at this time_____________

Step 4:

Serve others and get moving:

I will look for ways I can help someone else daily ( 1 Kings 19:15-16)

I prayed for_________________

I helped with _____________

I served____________

Step 5:

Good Sleep Hygiene:

Engage in the following activities before going to bed and in the middle of the night:

Pray, and meditate on God’s Promises (Ps 127:2, 1 Pet 5:10)

Step 6:

Sleep Recommendations:

Adhere to sleep schedule:

Wake up every day at ____________

Bedtime at night no earlier than: ____________

Step 7:

Sleep Recommendations: Follow recommended sleep hygiene practices, including consistent relaxation routine (wind-down): comfortable sleep environment, exercise early morning or late afternoon, minimize alcohol, caffeine, and tobacco; excessive evening liquid intake.

Let’s pray:

Dear Lord, I believe you are in control ( Eph 4:6) and that you hold me on the palm of your hand ( Isa 49:16) and that each tear that I have shed you have stored in your store house (Ps 56:8). You love me and your love is everlasting (Jer 31:3). I do not have to walk alone, please help me to remember you are always with me, even when I do not feel your presence (Heb 11). I Thank You for all you have given me this day. I chose to live one day at a time (Mat 6:31-34) and look for the blessings each day (Philp 4:8). In JESUS name, AMEN!

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