Hi everybody. How are you doing?
Are you settled into this new way of life? Are you chomping at the bit and impatiently wanting everything back to normal? Are you scared? To be honest, I’m a bit of all 3 🤪
I read this quote from Dr. Ilardi (he’s written a book called The Depression Cure): "We were never designed for the sedentary, indoor, socially isolated, fast-food-laden, sleep-deprived, screen-addicted, frenzied pace of 21st-century life. And the result is an much clinical depression".
Thankfully, clinical depression is treatable and Dr. Ilardi has watched hundreds of people make the journey from utter despair to complete recovery. If you think you might be struggling with depression, please tell someone you trust. It's a good idea to ask a parent to make an appointment with your GP.
But remember: being clinically depressed is not the same as being fed up / in a bad mood / frustrated / a bit down, which we all are at times. I think we all have bad days and bad moods, which is natural, but there are still things we can do to help ourselves. In Psalm 37 v 3, it says, “Trust in God”, which sounds nice 👍 but then it says “AND do Good “. So, while we’re trusting God to help us, we can choose to do good to others. I think this Bible wisdom is so true. When we think of others, help others, and are kind to others, we won’t dwell on our own problems as much. Someone once said you shouldn’t think less of yourself, but you should think of yourself less 😊
Let's keep being sociable, even if only with family. FaceTime or phone calls can make a big difference - talking is good. Let's keep exercising, which is good for us physically and emotionally. Let's be grateful and smile 😊 Let's think today who we can help.
Share a joke, share an encouraging video, recommend a nice walk, or even meet up outside for a walk (social distancing of course) 👍
We're missing you all - please take care
Alison and all the Reach Leaders xx
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Two more of my favourite pages from "The Boy, The Mole, The Fox and The Horse" by Charlie Mackesy