I love the word melancholy. It somehow describes my feelings so well. I am not depressed, nor am I hopeless. I would not describe my feelings as stress or being overwhelmed. I am... Melancholy. That sad feeling that hits you deep in your heart and in your soul. Perhaps if we brought back this description we would not fall victim to modern ideas of depression as quickly.
A lot has happened this week and I believe this feeling is my heart's way of processing all the events I am experiencing.
So how do I cope?
*Naming the feeling helps.
*Pushing myself to do something positive also moves me forward.
*Doing something for someone else gets the focus off of myself.
*Prayers of course, especially meditating on Scripture which reminds me of God's presence in my sadness.
*I covet your prayers also.
The LORD is close to the brokenhearted
and saves those who are crushed in spirit. Psalm 34:18