10 Steps To Connect With Your Spirituality While Depressed

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10 Steps To Connect With Your Spirituality While Depressed

10. BELIEVE THAT THINGS CAN CHANGE. There is hope for you, no matter how low you are feeling right now. You are a person whose life is valuable, who has a purpose to live out. There are people out there that will provide you with quality care. In the Christian tradition, it is said that it is God’s will for us to have life and have it abundantly. What is your higher power’s will for you? So, do not give up on your belief that you can find shalom, a wholeness and peace that envelops all of who you are.

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The Rev. Christopher L. Smith

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The Rev. Christopher L. Smith, LCAC, LMHC, LMFT has served as a national leader around mental health issues both within the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) and in professional counseling organizations.  He works directly with individuals, couples, families and supervisees as the Clinical Director of Seeking Shalom in New York City.  He also brings his insight to help a wider audience through writing, speaking and consultations.

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