HOW TO OVERCOME DEPRESSION LIKE DAK PRESCOTT
Did you see the Dallas Cowboys play on Sunday? What a game! It could be that “Dak” Prescott is a forty-million-dollar quarterback. To his fans the twenty-seven-year-old is a hero. Many would think this rising NFL star has it made and has it easy. However, he struggles with life crises as we all do. Covid-19 and quarantine brought him anxiety and depression.
Unable to play football during Covid-19 Dak became engulfed with negative emotions, didn’t want to work out, and unable to sleep. “I like to inspire.” He said, “I like to put a smile on people’s faces, day in and day out. And I like to lead. When that’s taken away from you …forced to quarantine and not get around people as much as you would like, yeah, it’s tough"
Then something worse happened…
On April 23 he awoke to his father in his bedroom with news that his older brother Jace had shot himself and was dead. Dak was devastated. He later said, “I don’t want to dwell on the things that were a struggle for me when I know I’m very fortunate and blessed and other people have it much worse…That even in my situation, emotions and those type of things, can overcome you if you don’t do something about it.”
Like Dak, many people during Covid-19 isolation have been challenged with feelings of depression. I have had moments of feeling depressed just last week. However, prolonged depression can bring feelings of sadness and emptiness. Your emotions and spirit can become agitated and irritable resulting in pessimism. Sometimes there’s a lack of energy and concentration.
If you want help for depression text “prayer" to 71010 and someone from Gateway Church will talk and pray with you. If you are having thoughts of ending your life please call the suicide help line 800-273-8255.
Eight Ways to Overcome Depression During Covid-19
Change your Focus - Focus on something positive and take the first step to feeling more optimistic.
Stay Busy - Distract yourself by doing your work, hobby, or chores.
Keep a Routine - Regular activities keep you on track and doing the things you should.
Be Grateful - look at the positive things in your life and tell the Lord out-loud how thankful you are for them.
Limit the News - What is often portrayed as news is often inaccurate, speculation or opinions. To imagine what something will be is not news and it is not "a thing."
Talk with People - Candidly converse with others and get beyond small talk. Use FaceTime on your iPhone, Skype, or Zoom calls so you can see them. The Creator wired us to connect with other human beings and it is essential to our well-being.
Get Quality Sleep - Seven to eight hours of sleep will rebuild your mental and emotional reserves and make you less irritable.
Maintain a Positive Home Environment - Reduce the tension in relationships; fill the atmosphere with positivity and God’s presence.
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CAST DOWN IMAGINATIONS. Don’t meditate on anything that does not have good fruit. Dak said he didn’t want to dwell on the problems or struggles. The Bible says, “Cast down imaginations…" (2 Cor 10:5). They are idols that want you to honor and value them. They don’t exist! They are imagined. Tear them down.
TAKE THOUGHTS CAPTIVE - The same scripture says, “Take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.” (2 Cor 10:5). Take captive has the idea of capturing thoughts and leading them away. So, it is by leadership that you handcuff the criminal thoughts that invade your mind. Like a home invader they force themselves into your mind and force their will on you. Take the sword of God’s Word, and with the authority Christ has given you, arrest them. You have been empowered by God to handcuff, lock them up and lead them away as prisoners to obey Christ.
I want to encourage you to be proactive. Negative thoughts are not always "a thing.” Take them prisoner and lead them out of your mind. Remember what the Bible says, “Don’t be dejected and sad, for the joy of the Lord is your strength!” Neh 8:10 NLT.