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How to Snap Out of it When You Feel Totally Down

By: Kristen Clark

I went through a challenging time in my life once and had a great temptation to turn to “stuff” (shopping, food, mochas, novels, etc.) to make myself feel good in the moment.

Instead of handling my sad emotions in the right way by turning to God’s word, I tried to cover them up by shopping and buying fun stuff for myself.

Thankfully, at just the right time, I ran across a great podcast by Nancy Leigh DeMoss. She gave am awesome piece of advice that I found extremely helpful during my time of temptation.

She told a story about how she was in a down mood and didn’t feel like working or doing much of anything.

Instead of listening to her feelings and allowing herself to wallow in her sorrow, she went outside for a walk and sang praises to the Lord, recited Scripture, and prayed. She continued for an entire hour until she no longer felt down.

I thought that was a great example of taking control of your feelings and not allowing yourself to wallow in your sadness and sorrow.

Let’s all do what Nancy did and get intentional about guiding our feelings in the right direction. Someone recently told me something that I found to be profound. They said, “we must reason with our feelings.” Just because we “feel” a certain way doesn’t make it right. We have to reason with our feelings and help ourselves get back on the right track.

God’s Word is powerful and can help you overcome the sorrow and sadness you might be feeling.

The next time you feel down or sad, don’t run to shopping (or guys, or entertainment, or food, etc) to try and make you feel better. Instead, run straight to God’s Word and ask the Lord for strength. Even if it takes an hour long walk.

Let’s take a quick look at Psalm 100 to see how impactful this verse is.

Notice how the focus is on the Lord and not us:

“Make a joyful shout to the LORD, all you lands!
Serve the LORD with gladness;
Come before His presence with singing.
Know that the LORD, He is God;
It is He who has made us, and not we ourselves;
We are His people and the sheep of His pasture.

Enter into His gates with thanksgiving,
And into His courts with praise.
Be thankful to Him, and bless His name.
For the LORD is good;
His mercy is everlasting,
And His truth endures to all generations.”

My challenge for you is to make an intentional effort to praise God every single day.

You can start by reading Psalm 100 every morning for the next week. It will help you focus your eyes on God instead of yourself. Focusing your eyes on yourself will only fuel your desire to fill your life with momentary pleasures that will make you feel good for a second.

Choosing to focus your eyes on God and worshiping Him will fill that empty feeling inside of you and will give you long term satisfaction.

It will bring God glory, and it will give you the long term strength you need to endure the trial or hard situation.

I’d love to discuss this with you below, so answer one, or all, of the following questions:

• How have you been tempted to go out and shop, eat, watch TV, etc., to make yourself feel better when you were down?

• When you went through a tough situation, how did you handle it?

• How can you “reason with your emotions” in those hard moments when you don’t feel like doing the right thing?

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21 Responses to How to Snap Out of it When You Feel Totally Down

  1. Meredith says:

    Great post! It’s an important topic. A few months ago, I was feeling really down, and just kind of despairing about the situation I am going through with my health. I knew that I would get depressed if I didn’t turn my focus back on God. I read through the book of Job, in one sitting, and the thing that stuck out to me the most was that when everything happened to Job, it says, “He tore his clothes, fell on his face, and worshipped.”
    Worshipping at that time could not have been easy. I’m sure he was tempted to be bitter and angry with God. But rather he says, “The Lord gives and the Lord takes away. Blessed be the name of the Lord.”
    He worshipped, even through that tragedy. I want to live that way.
    When I find myself feeling sad or irritable or blah, I’m trying to make my first response be prayer and worship.
    Feelings don’t change the truths that God is always good, He loves us, We are His children, He will protect us, He will provide, He is sovereign, and He will work everything together for good.
    Reminding myself of those truths in the hard times helps my focus as well.
    Like Peter walking on the water, our sole focus has to be on God- or else we will sink.

    • Hailey says:

      Hey Meredith. I was exactly you this week; Wednesday and yesterday, I was more despairing and depressed than I’ve ever been. I couldn’t stop crying from worry and sadness about my health. Today is better, though, and thank you for the reminder of the great example we have in Job.(:

      • Meredith says:

        I’m glad today has been better for you!! Health struggles can certainly be a battle. But God is good, always cares, and always loves us, and promises to give us His strength in our weakness. 🙂
        If you want to talk, I’d be happy to listen, and pray for you. 🙂 I’m @KnitzandPearls on instagram and Twitter. Feel free to direct message me. 🙂

  2. Cait says:

    I’ve never honestly been SUPER sad, but I do know that I’ve been really worn down and tired at times. In those tired times, it’s so easy to turn to TV to relax. Thanks for this post, because it let me know that when I am tired/sad, I need to worship. I need to come to Christ, not to whatever worldly things that I want to do. What God wants is more important than what I want.

  3. Hannah says:

    Yes of course I’ve been tempted. There have been times when I turned to shopping of food for comfort or binge watched movies and TV shows.
    I recently went through a pretty hard brake up, I had been dating a guy for a year and I understood that it couldn’t work because he is Cathlic. I turned to God with my sorrow and He really comforted me, Psalm 6 was a great help. God is good!

  4. Bella says:

    Hey girldefined!! Beautiful post that many can relate to. I’ve been going through something similar where I’ve let my feelings get the best of me. It’s very hard to forget certain memories especially good ones. What do you do when you’re wallowing in memories from a past relationship once in a while and they seem to bring about temporary feelings and emotions, even though you understand that God has taken him out of this chapter of your life for a reason?

  5. Joy says:

    Oh….this is so wonderful! Thank you!!!!

  6. Sarah A. says:

    I really liked this post! One thing that I do to “reason with my feelings” is that I like to play & sing worship music on my guitar. This really helps me refocus on God instead of focusing on myself or my circumstances.

  7. Anne Isabelle says:

    I am quite guilty of turning to things other than God when I feel down… thank you so much for this reminder, and I will focus on God the next time I am having a bad day 🙂

  8. Jesusfreak17 says:

    Don’t mean to be a nit-picker, but should be “an” not “am” in paragraph 3, right?

  9. Ashley says:

    I really agree with what you say! but, I am having trouble feeling loved by my bestfriend. That is what I think of her. She is the one I can go to for anything. I don’t think that she sees me the same way. It kills me inside. Her bday party is tomorrow and I don’t want to spoil it for her. I plan on telling her the way I feel after that. I did surrendered my problems to God, and I have been praying that I don’t feel this way anymore. I still feel the same. I feel abounded and unloved by the only friend I can talk to about everything. It kills me every day.

  10. Elizabeth says:

    Wow, this a great reminder for me! Thank you Kristen!

  11. Sue says:

    I was actually feeling a little down when I saw this article on y’all blog. I was going to turn to music before I read it, but now I’m going to turn to God’s word. Thanks so much, I needed this 🙂

  12. Heather Hemsley says:

    This is a great reminder, Kristen. I actually memorized Psalm 100 a long time ago and I still remember it! Thank you!

  13. Hannah says:

    This is so helpful to me as we just dropped off my older sister (who’ve I’ve never been away from for longer than about a week) at college (four hours away.) Thank you so much!

  14. Kate says:

    Thank you so much for this!
    I’ve been up and down all year, and it got to a point where I was douting my faith in God and my value in life. During this time, I hardly prayed and i considered myself a strong Christian before this, but after that, I wasn’t so sure.
    It’s been trial after trial. Slowly and steady I’m doing better! Praise God!
    I turned to music or friends. But now, I turn to God more!
    Thank you again for this!:)

  15. letylek says:

    When im down I listen to music, but, from today im gonna try and do these things when im down. Thank you!

  16. Adalie says:

    There is a lot in life, I find, that I can look at to make myself feel sad/down, or things that make it easy to wallow in my in my sorrow. Anything from every day frustration, to stuff going on in the world. I’ve found it easy in the last few weeks to go along with the sorrow, then try and get that momentary releef.
    I really think I need start the reading of psalms in the morning, and focus on bright and beautiful things.
    Thanks so much!
    God bless!

  17. Katie says:

    What a crazy- timely article for today. And, honestly, it isnt anything that- growing up in a conservaive Chriatain home and church- I don’t already know, but the timing was great. It was a great reminder. <3<3<3 Today wasn't a "down" day so much as it was one of fruatrarion at several things going on in my life and my church and the lives of my friends. So yeah. Great timely reminder, and "reasoning with your feelings"- that IS new lol. I like that! I try to do that sometimes when I feel I've been treated wrongly at work- I can feel my attitude starting to stink and I dont want something so small to ruin my day, so I hum and sing uplifting, upbeat songs to myself to remind me to Trust, to have Joy!

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