Combating Anxiety & Depression In Isolation
The April issue from Marked Ministry is up. Have you seen it? The beautiful women on the Marked Ministry team have contributed some great content. Be sure to read through the articles for this month’s “Kingdom” theme (click here).
…pain insists upon being attended to. God whispers to us in our pleasures, speaks in our conscience, but shouts in our pains: it is his megaphone to rouse a deaf world.C.S. Lewis, “The Problem with Pain”
For I am about to do something new. See, I have already begun! Do you not see it? I will make a pathway through the wilderness. I will create rivers in the dry wasteland.Isaiah 43:19
I can never escape from your Spirit! I can never get away from your presence!Psalm 139:7
As I look back on these first few days of quarantine, I’ll be the first to admit, I was floundering. I did my best to keep my heart and mind on Jesus, but I was still unsettled. So much had changed in such a short amount of time. Our family’s routine was out-of-balance. We were scrambling to find a schedule that would meet this new normal. And more and more information kept flooding into our home about the seriousness of this virus.
We’ve mostly stayed inside these first few days with some time spent outdoors. Even though we have four people in our home, it has still felt isolating being away from the outside world. Our daily interactions with friends, acquaintances, and co-workers isn’t the same. The change of pace has slowed.
It’s easy for anyone to get sucked into feeling lonely or depressed when messages of “social distancing” and “go home” are constantly bombarding us. I’ve felt my own emotions fluctuate drastically from day to day and moment to moment. It’s strange, and yet it’s all so real.
How do we combat the feelings of being alone when we are physically alone or isolated from others?