Don’t Hesitate to Seek for Help

I was recently invited to speak at an event for youth leaders and I became even more aware that sometimes people (not just the youth) hesitate and even neglect to seek help when they encounter problems in the following areas:

Depression. When the usual things that you enjoy in life loses meaning and you experience these symptoms for 2 weeks or more, then it’s time to seek help from a mental health professional. Depression is considered a top risk factor or the leading cause of suicide.

Even today, some still do not find it comfortable to seek help for depression. But help is available, one does not need to suffer depression alone and be defeated by it. When you think about it, when we suffer from other illnesses like diabetes we go to a doctor for proper diagnosis and treatment or medication. Depression needs to be viewed that way, so that it would ease the suffering for those who undergo it as well as their families.

Finances. I have heard several stories of people get into huge debts as well as those who fall into financial scams. I have observed that those who go into these huge debts seem to have failed to consider the repercussion of their financial decisions. Some suffer from impulse buying, some also have deeper personal or family issues that led them to such a financial mess.

Those who fall into these financial scams got hooked into a get-rich-quick mindset. All they could think about is just accumulating money, never mind even if they bend some rules in doing so.

If only those who got into this financial messes sought out the advice of a financial advisor or even from those of friends who are experienced in business and finance, then they and their families would not have to suffer from their flawed financial decisions. But I think that if a person is willing to rise back again from what may be a financial fall, there is hope. He or she can still turn around her situation with the help of others.

Legal Concerns. Unfortunately, we still live in an unjust world. And there are times when people take advantage you, harm you or injure you. These are the times when you may need to seek out the help of a legal professional for your protection and for you to access resources or receive compensation for any damage they have incurred on your property or on your person. You need people to be on your side, those who can understand you and speak for you, even fight for you when necessary. When you have suffered injury from the neglect of others, you may consult personal injury attorney Tampa.

When you suffer from depression or face financial and legal concerns, seek also the support from your family or friends or from your spiritual advisors. You are not meant to suffer alone in this life. And do not delay in seeking help. The longer you take in doing it, the more difficult it might become in solving it.

It’s okay to seek help. And when others seek your help and support, do what you also can and refer them to experts when needed.

Coping With Those Difficult Days

How do you cope with those difficult days?

Those days when you would rather stay in bed and cry. Those days when you question whether there are still good and happy times ahead of you.

I have experienced those difficult times, too. These are the things that help me cope:

  1. Making a list of things that I am grateful for. Doing this never fails to help dispel any negativity in my mind or pain in my heart. This helps me see that despite the “bad things” that may be plaguing me now, so many good things have happened as well. This creates a spark of hope in me. 
  2. Listening to a worship song. Somehow, listening to a worship song changes the environment around me and inside me 🙂  For maximum effect, if I may say so, I listen to a whole playlist of worship songs lasting to an hour or more.
  3. Talking it out with a friend. This is usually cathartic, given, of course, that the friend is someone who knows how to listen and help “process” what I am going through. We all need to have friends who can handle not only a happy and joyful us but also a burdened and broken us. 
  4.  Reading inspiring stories, the Bible. Stories of people who overcome adversities and challenges in life are very helpful during our own personal challenging times. Reading God’s promises in the Bible is hope-stirring 🙂
  5. Praying to God. Talking to God will have to be part of this list. After all, this life is our journey with Him. And He has given us both love and life (you and I are part of that world mentioned in John 3: 16 🙂 ).

We will have difficult days but they will not last forever. There’s a season and time for everything — the season of hardship will eventually give way to one of singing again (Song of Songs 2:11-13).

 

Birthday Under the Super Blue Blood Moon

Had this blog been online last January 31, this post would have gone live then. But as  I have mentioned earlier, some hosting problems plagued this blog that time.

I am writing this now because I wanted to remember that moment 🙂 Here’s a beautiful photo of the Super Blue Blood Moon* then, taken by a friend:

So my birthday this year was just really somewhat ordinary 🙂

Well, I was not even feeling very well that day. And then my husband and I had just dinner at home (he bought a nice dinner for us and brought it home). But then, there it was. This rare jewel in the sky that night.

Somehow, it made my day extra special.

It felt like someone was winking at me, no, smiling at me from above.

Thank you, Lord, for one more year and for showing me, us such a wonderful sight in the sky.

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*The Jan. 31 full moon is special for three reasons: it’s the third in a series of “supermoons,” when the Moon is closer to Earth in its orbit -- known as perigee -- and about 14 percent brighter than usual. It’s also the second full moon of the month, commonly known as a “blue moon.” The super blue moon will pass through Earth’s shadow to give viewers in the right location a total lunar eclipse. While the Moon is in the Earth’s shadow it will take on a reddish tint, known as a “blood moon.” - National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)