Life can zap us of strength!
We want to live full, energized lives. But we’re too tired, depressed, or anxious to do the work to change our lives. There is a simple step that can reinvigorate us—gratitude!
Solomon penned these words, “A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a broken spirit saps a person’s strength” (Proverbs 17:22).
The word “cheerful” means joyful or glad. When we engage our whole being in thanksgiving—body, mind, and soul—it is a medicine that heals us.
In other words, gratitude changes our lives. How? Gratitude helps us in three ways. (more…)
Do you struggle with depression? Have you tried to ignore it, hoping it will go away? According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, having depression makes you twice as likely to have a drug or alcohol addiction compared to someone who does not have depression. When depressed, you may turn to drugs or alcohol to self-medicate. Once it wears off and the feelings of despair return, you may increase your drug or alcohol use—this is where addiction takes root.
It is possible to get out of the pit of depression, despair, and addiction. Recognize what depression looks like. Identify the common signs of drug and alcohol addiction. Then, seek a treatment plan that works.
Many of you may be striving for freedom from depression, anxiety or addictive behaviors this holiday season. The “most wonderful time of year” can be one of the lowest times of the year if you’re already struggling and susceptible to the usual holiday triggers. You can be impacted in ways you don’t even realize.
Here’s a few suggestions to help you recognize those holiday triggers, avoid relapsing in your recovery, and in the midst of the sorrow and sadness that may fill your heart, (more…)