How I Overcame Depression, With the Help of My Dogs! [Covid19 Encouragement]

2020 has been a chaotic a year for millions around the world. And if you’re dealing with depression, know that you’re not alone.

To give you perspective, according to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America (AADA), in 2015, around 16.1 million adults aged 18 years or older in the U.S. experienced at least one major depressive episode, which represents 6.7 percent of all American adults. In 2020, with the global pandemic gripping the world, COVID-19 has likely tripled depression rate, study finds.

There are different types of depressive disorders, and all sorts of treatment options. In this blog post, I would simply like to share my personal experience with depression, and share how my dogs played a major role in pulling me through. If you are struggling with depression, and have the good fortune to have a dog (or other beloved pet), I pray this article will offer hope for better days.

How I Overcame Depression, with the Help of My Dogs

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Lockdown Dancing with My Amazing Standard Poodle!

How do you survive the lockdown blues? Me, I dance with my dogs!

Enjoy this improvised canine freestyle dance video to the song “Total Eclipse of the Heart.” I put it together with my incredibly sweet and talented standard poodle today, in an effort to ward off the lockdown blues. I hope it will lift your spirits and brighten your day.

Wishing you comfort and joy!
Leila and Solo the dog xx

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Dog Mom Reflections on the Power of Kindness

Look at that sweet face!

My adorable poodle is giving me the “Pleeease give me some of your food” look . . . and of course, I will oblige.

Dogs, with their loving expressions and gentle nature can make almost anyone’s heart melt. Even the hardest heart is swayed by their kind nature. What if we took a hint from our furry friends and tried a little bit harder to be gentle and kind?

Acts of kindness, in word and deed are extremely positive and powerful. But we will only ever see the power revealed when we can say— “Kindness begins with me.”

Constant kindness can accomplish much. As the sun makes ice melt, kindness causes misunderstanding, mistrust, and hostility to evaporate.

Albert Schweitzer

You can catch more flies with honey than with vinegar.

Ancient Proverb

Kind words are like honey—sweet to the soul and healthy for the body.

Proverbs 16:24
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You Will Never Look at Someone that God Does Not Love [Christian Motivation]

You will never look at someone that God does not love. Always be kind!

“And as you wish that others would do to you, do so to them.” Luke 6:31

“Anxiety in a man’s heart weighs him down, but a good word makes him glad.” Proverbs 12:25

“Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.” Colossians 3:12

“From a wise mind comes wise speech; the words of the wise are persuasive. Kind words are like honey — sweet to the soul and healthy for the body.” Proverbs 16:23-24

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NEVER BE AFRAID [Short Encouraging Words]

Never be afraid to trust an unknown future to a known God.

Corrie Ten Boom

Heavenly Father, as I go about my day, please help me to trust you with all my heart and not lean on my own understanding of what I see and feel. Remind me that you are good, that you love me, and are with me. And help me to trust that you are sovereign over all the earth. I commit this day to you right now, and all my loved ones. Keep us in your loving care. Amen

Trust in the Lord with all your heart;
do not depend on your own understanding.
Seek his will in all you do,
and he will show you which path to take. — Proverbs 3:5-6

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Are You Struggling with Worry? [Short Encouraging Words]

Are you struggling with worry?

Jesus says to you, “I am leaving you with a gift—peace of mind and heart.”

Receive God’s special gift to you today. Receive God’s sweet inner peace. Receive the assurance that no matter what’s going on around you, God is with you and you are deeply loved.

“I am leaving you with a gift—peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give is a gift the world cannot give. So don’t be troubled or afraid.”

John 14:27
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