Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure. Whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things – Philippians 4:8.
Many people suffer from depression and suppression. Depression is at a higher rate in women than in men. Sometimes depression comes from a chemical imbalance, and sometimes depression and suppression onset are from the things thought on.
In some cases, depression and suppression can be avoided when it’s not a chemical imbalance. Sometimes depression is caused because of the things we think about or what we listen to. If one continues to listen to bad reports such as the news consistently or negative reports from friends, it will affect one mentally and emotionally.
It’s not that you’re not concerned about others, but as you continue to listen, you will begin to carry their burdens, especially if you can’t resolve the problem. We must sometimes instruct ourselves to let go; by you worrying about it will not resolve the problem, but it will bring health challenges because you’re carrying something that you shouldn’t.
Believe it or not, our bodies were not created to worry or have anxiety. When you have faith in something or someone, you don’t worry. God has instructed Christians not to worry or have anxiety; when we place our faith in Him, worry and anxiety will leave because we trust that He will provide, protect and heal.
Our brain is like a computer; it will save and repeat words and things we see or hear for days, months, and sometimes even years. As we dwell on these thoughts, if they are negative, they will bring about depression, suppression, and anger.
We can’t deny reality, but we can’t let it take us to a place mentally and emotionally that will harm our well-being. Some problems we have can be resolved if we think about how to resolve the problem more than thinking about the problem.
Sometimes we think about the past more than we think about our future. What happened in the past can’t be resolved, but we can plan our future. Sometimes we hold on to unforgiveness; we carry it like baggage, weighing us down in our emotions. Forgive and release the person you’re thinking about; you’re consistent thinking about them will not change the past, but it will free you out of your mental and emotional prison; the key is to forgive those who have wronged you.
Don’t think about what you should have said or could have done; it’s the past, and you will not be able to go back and say or do what you thought you should have done. Focus on the present, and don’t worry about what will happen in the future. Plan for the future, such as where you would like to see yourself in the next year or five years.
Worrying about the future has caused many to seek out astrologists, palm readers, and psych. They can’t tell the future, but they can give you advice that will make you deviate from God’s plan.
If you’re Christian, take the problem to God in prayer; what concerns you concerns God, and what is impossible with you is possible with God. There is nothing that life brings that is too hard for God. Cast all your cares upon Him because He cares for you. Remove the junk and debris that causes you to suffer, and allow God to reveal how to resolve the matter. Depression and suppression are not from God; Jesus came to not only give you salvation but to give you peace.