I have now written about my battle with depression and also dealing with opioids.
It was a long arduous journey, one I finally sought professional help. That answered a large amount of questions throughout my life. While in treatment patients were asked to participate in “groups”. I learned many coping skills there.
The one that has helped the most is what they called “journalling”. Taking a quiet time to write how we were feeling, good and bad. It wasn’t for others to see, it could be ripped up afterwards. It was a coping skill that allowed us to express our feelings and emotions. It caused us to focus, and many times see a solution in how to deal with certain situations that caused us stress.
When I was in active ministry I never wrote out my messages, instead I would study, make notes, then come Sunday deliver my message. In high school for me. I would study, know the subject, but, when it was time for the exam I would freeze. If you were to orally ask me questions I was fine.
I started this blog as an attempt to express emotions that I was dealing with. It started to lean towards sharing my findings of Bible studies. It has been cathartic for me. Writing however, does not come easy for me. I have been learning over time from writing posts/articles on this blog. Learning has been an upward progression.
Reader, if you are dealing with stress, depression, etc., I would encourage you to try to keep a journal of your emotions and feelings. Write about what makes you feel stressed, angry, or what makes you feel peaceful.
Listen to what the words of the Prophet Isaiah said about peace:
Isa 26:3 KJV
3 Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee.
You don’t have to start a blog, but, put the pen to paper and write out your stress and anxiety.