We’ve all dealt with difficult moments in our lives. Whether it is losing a job, a partner breakup, or the loss of a loved one, these moments can lead to darkness, hopelessness or even depression. You may feel like there is no way to have a positive outlook again. If you are dealing with depression, speaking with a professional is likely your first and best option. The staff at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Crystal Lake offer these additional suggestions to bring light and hopefulness back into your life.
- Believe in Something Greater than Yourself. Connecting to an entity, individual, or group who has a positive and lasting impact on society will help drive you to achieve and define positive values for your life. A meaningful relationship with God and community are great places to start.
- Enjoy the Simple Moments. Enjoy the little things in life. If you enjoy coffee, explore a new coffee shop. Go to your favorite restaurant with a friend. Take a walk through the local park. Adding these little moments to your daily or weekly routine can have a positive impact. Overcoming the daily routine of helplessness can build hope.
- Be Kind to Others. Performing simple acts of kindness can have a big effect on your mood. Many studies show acts of kindness increase the release of serotonin, a neurotransmitter that regulates mood in the brain. You may feel these acts of kindness do not matter or are meaningless, but regular acts of kindness can change your outlook.
- Be Aware of Triggers. What causes you to have anxiety or fear? What situations have a negative impact on your mood? Attempt to keep your mind focused on the here and now -- doing so will bring you more peace and less stress. Limit exposure to people, places, or situations that triggered anxiety and darkness in the past.
Immanuel Lutheran Church - Crystal Lake
300 S Pathway Court, Crystal Lake IL 60014
Phone: 815-459 -1441