Emotional support is important to enabling you to improve your overall health, especially if you're dealing with a disease such as depression or diabetes. There are many ways to obtain emotional support when you're dealing with problems such as depression, insomnia, or any disease for that matter. Some of those ways include:
Life's 3 Problems
Throughout our lives we all face hundreds of problems (or challenges). But, the good news is that when you really look at it, there are only 3 major problems in life:
1. Financial (Wealth)
2. Physical (Health)
3. Relational (Relationships)
That's it! And, once you realize this, it will be easier to develop an action plan to achieve success.
Financial (Lack of Wealth) Problems
Unless you were born with rich parents or somehow became a millionaire at a young age, then, you will struggle financially at one time or another during your life.
Physical (Health) Problems
Unless you were blessed with good genes or ate healthy foods most of your life, then, you will struggle with your health at one time or another during your life.
Relational (Relationship) Problems
Unless you lived in isolation as a hermit or somehow found your soul-mate, then, you will struggle with one or more relationships -- with a family member, a friend, a co-worker, a partner, or someone you haven't met yet.
In order to be successful in life, we have to overcome many problems in life with our jobs, our careers, our families, education, finding the time, not having enough money, our health, etc.
We tend to believe that we have too many problems in life to overcome. But, in reality, you now realize there are only 3 problems!
How to Solve Any Problem
And, I have even better news! You can solve any problem by having faith and following a structured process:
Approach the problem with clarity. Evaluate your entire situation so that you can see the big picture and determine your current state. This is the first and most important component to problem solving. The first step is always to approach any problem in a clear and logical manner, even if under time constraints or pressure.
Understand the problem. Once you're appropriately focused, you need to run through the problem. What are the components of the issue? What aspects are vital to a solution and which are extraneous? Once you've broken down a problem into its vital aspects, sort through any cause and effect relationships or patterns and cycles at work. Basically, you want to have a good grasp of what is going on.
Analyze the problem. Break the problem down into simpler components and analyze the cause and effect relationships that triggered the problem. Make sure that you have exhausted all possibilities.
Plan a strategy. After you have a good grasp of the problem, begin to plan out a solution.Consider what steps must be taken to achieve said result.
Insomnia problems include: you can’t get to sleep; you wake up in the middle of the night, and can’t go back to sleep; and, waking up too early, between 3:00 and 5:00 a.m., and you can’t get back to sleep.
Common causes of insomnia include poor eating habits, too much caffeine, too much alcohol, too much tobacco, nutritional deficiencies, blood glucose imbalances, physical pain, improper breathing, anxiety, stress, depression, and the lack of exercise.
If you’re living with high levels of stress, you’re putting your entire well-being at risk. Stress wreaks havoc on your emotional equilibrium, as well as your physical health. It narrows your ability to think clearly, function effectively, and enjoy life.
The goal of stress management is to bring your mind and body back into balance. By adopting a positive attitude, learning healthier ways to cope, and changing the way you deal with stress, you can reduce its hold on your life.
Taking Care of Stress
In our frenetic, fast-paced world, many people deal with frequent or even constant stress. The overextended working mother, the hard-charging “Type A” personality, the self-critical perfectionist, the chronic worrier: they’re always wound up, always stretched to the breaking point, always rushing around in a frenzy or juggling too many demands.
Operating on daily red alert comes at the high price of your health, vitality, and peace of mind. But while it may seem that there’s nothing you can do about your stress level—the bills aren’t going to stop coming, there will never be more hours in the day for all your errands, your career will always be demanding—you have a lot more control than you might think. In fact, the simple realization that you’re in control of your life is the foundation of stress management.
Managing stress is all about taking charge: taking charge of your thoughts, your emotions, your schedule, your environment, and the way you deal with problems. The ultimate goal is a balanced life, with time for work, relationships, relaxation, and fun —and the resilience to hold up under pressure and meet challenges head on.
Healthy Stress Reducers
Here are some simple stress reducers.
• Go for a walk. Play with a pet.
• Spend time in nature. Work in your garden.
• Talk to a supportive friend. Get a massage.
• Sweat out tension with a good workout. Curl up with a good book.
• Do something for someone else. Take a yoga class.
• Write in your journal. Listen to music.
• Take a long bath. Watch a comedy.
Getting enough quality is critical to your health. In order to improve the quality of your sleep, here are some tips to help you:
A depressive disorder involves the body, mind, and spirit, and affects your mood and thoughts. People who are depressed cannot "snap out of it" and get better. Since depression affects the Body, Mind and Spirit, then, the solution must encompass the Body, Mind and Spirit.
The Body, Mind and Spirit work in harmony to make you the best that you can be in this life. If one of these three elements is “sick” or out of balance with the other two, then, your entire being will be sick.
Unfortunately, most of traditional medicine focuses on the Body by addressing and suppressing the symptoms and never fixing the underlying root cause of the unhealthy cells. Traditional medicine tends to overlook the importance of the Mind and the Spirit and its role in healing the Body. Man also tends to focus on the Body by taking drugs to relieve pain or by feeding his food cravings to satisfy hormonal hunger – both of which may be driven by emotions such as depression.
If you accept the fact that we live in a spiritual universe and that we are all spiritual beings, you will find yourself equipped with an instrument through which you can exert influence over your body and your blood glucose control.
But, how do you go about tapping into your inner spirit and belief system? Anything and everything is possible if you have faith and you take responsibility of your health problems and follow up with the necessary actions; and, resist the negative influences that will discourage you from making yourself a healthier person.
Unfortunately, many people put their faith in man's drugs instead of the foods that were created by God. And, as long as we continue to believe that man is smarter than God, we will be trapped with poor health and our dependency on these man-made foods and drugs. So, become a victor of wellness, instead of a victim of disease.
Spiritual health allows you to focus on your inner faith and the belief that you must respect and protect what you put into your body to maintain a healthy balance with the mind and spirit. This supports Apostle Paul’s requirement to glorify God in our body, as well as our spirit:
Please Note: Improving your "spiritual health", or using your "spirituality", or tapping into your "inner spirit" is a lot different than being "religious". Utilizing your "inner spirit" or "spirituality" requires more accountability on your part; and, more importantly, it requires that you actually educate yourself and take action to improve your health, i.e. eating healthy foods, stop eating processed foods, exercise every day. Too many "religious" people rant and rave about God this and God that, but they fail to take responsibility and accountability for themselves. They sit around praising God and waiting on God, when God has already given them the necessary tools to live a better life.
Unfortunately, there is hypocrisy in the church because some people in the church profess to be Christians but they aren't! There are some people on the Internet who write these very long posts preaching loudly about the importance of God while promoting themselves. But, they are not accountable or responsible and won't take any real action to help the less fortunate. Sure, they talk about helping, but, they fail to follow through and help their fellow man.
In the meantime, they continue to poison their bodies by eating at McDonald's or KFC, wondering why they have diabetes, high blood pressure, or some other disease!
“Know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost . . . therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s.” [1 Corinthians 6:19-20]
Marital problems are the number one reason that people seek counseling in the United States. Depression is a close second. Financial difficulties are the main reason that people give as the source of their depression.We can understand why this is so, with the amount of debt that many carry today, but often this is only the tip of the iceberg. As a matter of fact, our financial problems may be a good indicator that many other aspects of our lives are out of control — all of which may be leading us to depression.
We all have days when we feel gloomy, down, bored or wiped out. We may call this feeling a mild form of depression, but discouragement is perhaps a better term. To expect to live in this world without occasional disenchantment and gloominess is totally unrealistic. Virtually every major character of Scripture had down, unhappy or sad moments, including Jesus Christ.
Just a quick reading of Psalms, Jeremiah or Ecclesiastes tells us that there is much about life, even the life of the godly, that is depressing to the point of tears, sorrow and confusion. Yet, God never apologizes for this. Rather, He informs us that He uses these very things to mature us into the image of His Son (James 1:2-4; Rom. 8:28,29 and Rom. 5:3-5). The perfect life of consistent happiness and fulfillment — free of all the effects of sin — awaits us in eternity. The emptiness, sorrows and incompleteness of this life are direct results of the principle of sin in this world.
Even so, God uses these trials as a means of keeping us from becoming too comfortable in our present condition. The result is that, like Abraham, we too "look forward to a city with foundations, whose architect and builder is God" (Heb. 11:10). So, while we have great peace in Christ — and many wonderful and beautiful things in this life to enjoy — it is certainly unbiblical to expect to be (as the song goes).