By: Kristen Pettaway, MA LPC Liberty University | Clinical Case Manager Intern Destination Greatness, PLLC
Have you heard of the Monday blues? The Monday blues may be triggered by returning to the routine of life after experiencing an awesome weekend. Other Monday blues can be triggered by not obtaining enough sunlight. It happens during the cold winter months when the days are shorter and we stay indoors longer.
The Monday blues can happen to anyone at any time. Students working on a school paper all weekend without taking a break, a stay at home mother with no adult interactions, the retired person with nothing to do, even the elderly experience the Monday blues.
The Monday blues are common as life becomes mundane. However, if the Monday blues last for several days or even several weeks then you may be experiencing depression. Depression can also happen to anyone at any time. If you are unable to shake the sad, blue, drab, low-spirited feelings, or experience feelings or thoughts of suicide, you should seek professional help.
The most important thing to do is to avoid falling deeper into depression by withdrawing from the world. Even though it may be difficult to resist becoming isolated, the best medicine for depression is to get out and to get active. Hebrews 10:24-25 reminds us to consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another and all the more as you see the Day approaching. Look to the Lord and seek His face always (1 Chronicles 16:11) and stay in fellowship with others for encouragement.
Finally, to help combat depression individuals should eat clean healthy foods, maintain a regular exercise program, let friends and family help where they can, stay connected, and stay inspired. Individuals experiencing Major Depression may also need the assistance of medication. A healthy mind, body and spirit help are tools to combat bouts of depression.
Until next time aim for your Destiny!
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