Think on these things — here’s how to live happily in this crazy digital world
Hello friends. My friend Samson Aligba inspired me to start writing here. You can click on his name and read his amazing stories for the digital denizen. Okay, it’s time for business.
Today’s post is crucial to our lives and success. I’m writing about being happy and maintaining our mental health in this digital world. My inspiration for this post came from seeing the world mental health statistics on the WHO website. Then, even though I always knew, I came to fully acknowledge that a lot of millenials are battling with depression, anxiety disorders and other mental health issues.
The WHO states that over 300 million people around the world battle various forms of depression. Also, over 260 million people suffer from anxiety disorders — and many of these people have both. Depression is also a major cause of disability and disease. In severe cases, depression leads to suicide. And suicide is the ‘leading cause of death in 15–29 year olds’.
Our mental health can be determined by our experiences. For most of us (millenials), the internet and social media form a huge part of lives. How do we keep our minds safe, sane and happy in this fast paced digital world — where information and news flies around at the speed of a thumb-click? Where we encounter cyber-bullying, nasty comments, unrealistic expectations in our careers, relationships, dressing, bad politics, sad news of rape, killings, natural disasters, and social vices all over the world. Whether we like it or not, these things get into our subconscious and can morph into negative emotions and self-esteem issues that affect our perception of our lives and our expectations of ourselves and others.
- Unresolved conflict
- Repetition Compulsion — a repeat of an earlier life experience
- Self neglect
- Self slander/low self esteem
Confronting/Dealing with Depression
- We must learn to confront and investigate our negative feelings. Avoiding them will make them grow stronger. you can ask yourself ‘why do I feel this way today’? Then, trace the cause or trigger.
- We must challenge out negative thoughts with better ones. As a guide, Philippians 4:8 (MEV) says
“Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever things are true, whatever things are honest, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue, and if there is any praise, think on these things”
We need to think on the good things about our lives. Meditation on God’s word is also an antidote against negative thoughts and emotions.
- We have to avoid isolation and have a support network — have friends that believe in you and you can be real with and talk to. Take off that mask.
- Exercise and take long walks.
- Sleep well, maintain a healthy diet and cut out alcohol and caffeine.
- See a doctor or therapist.
So if you think you’re on the brink of losing it, or you’re having repeated negative thoughts of hopelessness, anxiety disorders, or you think you’re not good enough for anything, I’m calling you to start your healing process by doing what Philippians 4:8 recommends. Think on all the good things of your life and if you feel there’s nothing good about you, then think about what God’s word says about you. The prophecies that have gone ahead of you. even though you may not look or feel like what you want right now, remember that in doing this, you’re taking your first steps to getting there. You can beat that depression or anxiety disorder today — think on these things.
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