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Twelve Bible principles that help individuals deal with depression

While the Bible may not explicitly mention "daily habits" in the way modern self-help literature does, many of its teachings can be applied as daily practices for spiritual well-being. Here are twelve practical daily habits inspired by bible passages:

Start each day with earnest Prayer

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"Hear my prayer, O Lord; let my cry come to you! Do not hide your face from me in the day of my distress! Incline your ear to me; answer me speedily in the day when I call!"  

Psalm 102:1-2

Express your feelings honestly to God. Caste all your burdens on God

Read the Bible urgently each Day

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How can a young man keep his way pure?
   By guarding it according to your word.
10 With my whole heart I seek you;
   let me not wander from your commandments!
11 I have stored up your word in my heart,
   that I might not sin against you. 

Psalm 119:9-11

Read the Bible urgently every day. An urgent plea for a life free of depression. The Bible gives you renewed minds when you read it with urgency and apply it to your minds and then live according to it daily.

Practice Gratitude

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Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.

1 Thessalonians 5:18

Practice gratitude. You may not be thankful for all the circumstances you are in, but you can always be thankful for God's love for you and for your hope in eternity. Think of at least 5 things each day that you can be thankful for.

Allow yourself to Grieve

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"For his anger is but for a moment, and his favor is for a lifetime. Weeping may tarry for the night, but joy comes with the morning."

Psalm 30:5

Allow yourself to grieve. With honesty in prayer comes the freedom to grieve. When you are able to look ahead again, you will see the Lord restore joy to your heart.

Find a supportive Friend

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Two are better than one, because they have a good reward for their toil. For if they fall, one will lift up his fellow. But woe to him who is alone when he falls and has not another to lift him up! 

Ecclesiastes 4:9-10

Find a supportive friend. Find someone you can be completely open and honest with. Ask them to help you be accountable to them for your well-being. Help them in return so that you both may prosper.