Life

Lifestyle

Unimaginable lifestyle,

Is what she lives now.

Did she ever think

It would be like this,

She only knew

Life has seasons.

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Vision

Every child has a vision.

When a child says, “I want to be a Doctor when I grow up.”

Or whatever other job a child might say.

Or if “I don’t know what I want to do” is the answer,

That’s a vision.

A gift from Our Lord Our God

Who stirs up that special gift,

Be it specific or exploratory.

He will guide and guard.

Define and refine

Until each child makes his or her way

Towards the calling He has chosen.

He did it for Christ.

 

Aretha Franklin- Never To Be Forgotten

My secondary school days would have been boring without Aretha Franklin songs to dance to on Saturday night Shake-Shake.  This was the time to forget my studies and just sing, dance and laugh with my friends at school.  R-E-S-P-E-C-T, Natural Woman, Say A Little Prayer bring back such good memories.  The energy in her voice, the beautiful unique sound, that was fighting all the wrongs she had seen and at the same time letting the love of God’s gift reverberate into our souls to strengthen and replenish the spirit.  Unknowingly to me, this was also a preparation for my early years in England.  Many, many decades after, I still have the joy to sing and dance and say a little prayer when I heard she was very ill.  Rest in peace, Aretha Franklin.

Love Strikes Back At Depression- With Little Acts Of Kindness And A Prayer: Finding The Source-Stress

Finding out the cause of someone’s depression is very important because it can direct the support needed to help the person to recover.  The 9 Most Common Causes Of Depression are Genetics, Chemical Imbalance, Poor Nutrition, Physical Health Issue, Drugs and Stress.

I choose to pick Stress for today’s post because so many things in life can be a source of so much stress, that it often tips one over into this melancholic state.  Even life events or milestones can do this, when the person is not able to cope and prolonged sadness turns to depression.

Prayer/Song

“The Lord is my Shepherd

I’ll walk with him always

He knows me and he loves me

I’ll walk with him always

Always, Always, I’ll walk with him always X 3”

 

Love Strikes Back At Depression- With Little Acts Of Kindness And A Prayer. Say & Believe, “I Am Somebody Special.”

Self-esteem is one of the big losses that occurs with depression.  When you don’t even know who you are, you don’t recognise yourself and you don’t believe there’s anyone on your side, its a bigger struggle to regain your self-esteem.

The best thing is to keep telling yourself, “I am somebody special”  If  caring for your a family member, say to the person, “You are somebody special.”   This method of rebuilding self-esteem can be applied to friends too or any other situation where and when it is appropriate.

Try it, it works wonders.

Prayer: Philippians 1:6

“And I am certain that God, who began the good work within you, will continue his work until the day Christ Jesus returns.”  Amen.

Love Strikes Back at Depression- With Little Acts of Kindness and a Prayer. The therapy of Baking

One of the things you might find is the frequent delicious aroma of baking coming from your kitchen.  Subconsciously, the use of baking as therapy appears to be a something the person who is depressed loves to do and the only downside is you can be woken up in the middle of the night by the noise or be left to find an untidy kitchen in the morning.  Be grateful your loved one is active and doing sometime productive.  Yes, well, in a way it is productive. The cakes or biscuits might cause you to put on a few pounds.

Lesson Three

You can also steer him or her gently to baking healthier options.  Again good memories are being planted so when you go out shopping, just replenish your cupboard with baking goods.  

Copyright: Susanna Dziworshie 25/07/2018

Love Strikes Back at Depression- With Little Acts of Kindness and Prayer. Learn to LISTEN, be SILENT & ENLIST help

Today’s act of kindness is to LISTEN.  From this desire to listen must come the ability to be SILENT.  You cannot listen to the other person if you talk too.  You will find that when someone who is depressed wants to open up, it can be like a tap has just been opened.  You can ENLIST your inner strength to help you to be quiet and listen.  The temptation is there to try and correct things said that differ from your memory or perspective of them.

At a later time when reflecting on all that you have heard, you can then enlist your wisdom as to what help you need to access.  It is an act to LISTEN, your SILENT prayer or meditation can ENLIST resources and strength you didn’t realise you had.

Psalm 143:1 ” Lord hear my prayer, listen to my cry for mercy, in your faithfulness and righteousness come to my relief.”

Copyright Susanna Dziworshie 18/07/2018

Acknowledgement-

Holy Bible New International Version

How to Listen, Learn, Laugh and Lead :The Virgin Way by Richaerd Branson.

Love Strikes Back at Depression- With Little Acts of Kindness and a Prayer. Say, “Good morning or Hello”

An introduction to a topic I really want to write about, this topic is depression and it will be from an angle wisdom gleaned by observing situations in my professional and personal life.  l shall write it as a weekly post. You assume that in the family setting you can and should be open and honest about your lives and worries.  However, it is not always easy for the person going through depression to tell you about their problem.  Even if they do it might not be in a way you can comprehend, recognise or relate to.  In my experience, through observation of each others everyday behaviour, as one does, you can know patterns and these can be used to recognise the beginning of a shift from the norm in the physical or emotional  persona or in their mindset.

Whether the person is undergoing treatment by a psychiatrist, having counselling or neither, but relying on the love and care of family and friends, little acts of kindness do help.  Specifically, it’s about planting happy memories, which then go a long way to helping in their recovery.   You might be thinking, but the source of each person’s depression is different, just remember, love and kindness make a big difference to all of us,  no matter our problem.  You probably won’t like to do this but out of love you must.

Lesson One:- Using meal times to communicate and reaffirming you care.  Never forget to greet or say hello anytime and but don’t overdo it.
For example, saying “Good morning, how are you? I have your breakfast. I pray you feel better today. and I am here to listen ” makes a lot of difference even though you might not see it straight away.

Even if you are not allowed inside the room or the person is not getting out of bed at the usual times, leave the tray of food by the door and give that information too.

Copyright:  Susanna Dziworshie 10/07/2018