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sunshine after depression |Misty Shaheen

After struggling with ups and downs of depression – I remember when everything changed. 

In the spring of 2012, I hit rock bottom with a job loss, a miscarriage and the added stress of a special needs child.

With that miscarriage, I knew it was bad timing and God would let me know when it was time.

Later that year, I was blessed with a ray of sunshine.

On an early morning in December, I became nauseated, with a queasy stomach. Instantly, I knew what this meant. There was no pregnancy test needed. My husband and I we’re not planning another pregnancy, but I just knew. I also knew this baby was a gift from up above.

That gift became my ray of sunshine, after months of darkness. Instantly, my heart filled with joy.

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For the first time in months, I began to focus on my present state of a growing baby inside of me and less on all the things that had happened over the past year.

Over time, I have learned that the state of depression is simply living in the past. We cannot change the past, we only have the ability of focusing on today.

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3 things you can do to find your own peace and joy

1. Find joy in little things, every day.
By finding gratitude in little things like, food, shelter, the weather, you start to enjoy life again.

2. Focus your attention on what is good.
What we focus our attention to, grows and expands. Choosing to focus on the good, allow the not so good things fall away. You will notice more good things coming into your life.

3. Leave the past alone. Learn to forgive yourself and others.
The hardest lesson but the biggest impact is forgiveness. Allow yourself to forgive for the past lessons, past mistakes so you can move on from the past.

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