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Finding Light in the Darkness

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We’ve all dealt with difficult moments in our lives. Whether it is losing a job, a partner breakup, or the loss of a loved one, these moments can lead to darkness, hopelessness or even depression. You may feel like there is no way to have a positive outlook again. If you are dealing with depression, speaking with a professional is likely your first and best option. The staff at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Crystal Lake offer these additional suggestions to bring light and hopefulness back into your life.

  1. Believe in Something Greater than Yourself. Connecting to an entity, individual, or group who has a positive and lasting impact on society will help drive you to achieve and define positive values for your life. A meaningful relationship with God and community are great places to start.
  2. Enjoy the Simple Moments. Enjoy the little things in life. If you enjoy coffee, explore a new coffee shop. Go to your favorite restaurant with a friend. Take a walk through the local park. Adding these little moments to your daily or weekly routine can have a positive impact. Overcoming the daily routine of helplessness can build hope.
  3. Be Kind to Others. Performing simple acts of kindness can have a big effect on your mood. Many studies show acts of kindness increase the release of serotonin, a neurotransmitter that regulates mood in the brain. You may feel these acts of kindness do not matter or are meaningless, but regular acts of kindness can change your outlook.
  4. Be Aware of Triggers. What causes you to have anxiety or fear? What situations have a negative impact on your mood? Attempt to keep your mind focused on the here and now -- doing so will bring you more peace and less stress. Limit exposure to people, places, or situations that triggered anxiety and darkness in the past.

Immanuel Lutheran Church - Crystal Lake
300 S Pathway Court, Crystal Lake IL 60014
Phone: 815-459 -1441
http://immanuelcl.org/

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