Helping others fights Depression

By bettymachete Latest Reply 2010-12-18 15:27:38 -0600
Started 2010-07-07 09:23:58 -0500

Occasionally I get into what I call "funks" where my motivation is low and feel like I am tipping over the edge of depression. When I really start feeling this way I go volunteer at our local food pantry/ soup kitchen. Helping others not only makes me feel good because the people are just the sweetest on earth but reminds me how good I have it even when I feel I don't have a lot. I did this, this morning, but today I went on a special mission. Everything, we prepared was diabetic friendly on the menu this morning I also was given several bundles of meters and strips to give to the ministry to pass out to those who may need it compliments of my doctors office. With more jobs being lost the ministry is finding itself in dire straits because there are more people in need of help. The shelves were practically bare and what was left was obviously given at Thanksgiving and nothing would serve a diabetic well. I implore you all, if you can, to reach out to your local pantry or church that services those in need right now and help with whatever you can, if you can't afford to bring donations, volunteer some time, offer an ear or a shoulder. You will benefit from it I promise! Have a great day!

14 replies

BandonBob 2010-12-18 15:27:38 -0600 Report

Trying to get over the depression I felt when my wife died I knew I needed to get out among people. I volunteer at my local food bank, BRAVO, a reading program in the elementary school and the Lion's Club. Being active helps my mental health which in turn helps me keep comtrol of my diabetes. You made a great point!

PetiePal 2010-08-03 07:42:43 -0500 Report

That's a great idea…I may look into doing something locally like this as well. You never really think about someone who is homeless or poor who may be diabetic

Armourer 2010-07-15 22:38:22 -0500 Report

Excellent point & idea! I try to volunteer at the local food back three times a week by showing up during the noon hour to stand in while others can go to lunch. Most times it is greatly appreciated and helping others in need is a wonderful learning experience.

RAYT721 2010-07-07 21:00:04 -0500 Report

Awesome post!!! The key is to get involved in things you support and do it for the genuine care. I packed up all of my non perishable "shouldn't have" canned goods for the "Harvest for Hunger" drive when I was first diagnosed but I continue to buy healthy foods to donate as well… tuna in water, organic canned beans, better choice cereals, etc. I also use coupons on some of my donations so I give more from the heart than from the wallet.

GabbyPA 2010-07-07 18:27:32 -0500 Report

Yes, please do.
I have had to use the food pantries on occasion and I know the needs of the people are growing beyond our comprehension now. I see more and more men and women on the street corners, just wanting some kind of work. I am humbled because I know I am but a blink of an eye from being in the same situation.
We stock up for hurricane season every year and we will often buy extra and donate it to some people that we personally know. But at the end of the season, we donate a good amount of our surplus and I know it will be used well. The point is that it doesn't have to be a lot.
I read a quote today that basically said that if you have not given to a point of sacrifice of yourself, you have not understood the true meaning of charity.

bettymachete 2010-07-07 22:23:07 -0500 Report

We have been there too, on several occasions. Many times all someone needs is words of hope to carry them through. Writing words of encouragement and giving it to someone who needs that extra bit..or offering babysitting while parents go to look for employment. So much can be done to help one another that doesn't cost us anything.

petals 2010-07-07 13:06:18 -0500 Report

That is a great idea!! I generally when I start feeling this way, is to count my blessings and go outside to look at all the wonderous things that the Lord has made.That usually does the trick, but I am going to try this as well.

Harlen 2010-07-07 10:24:51 -0500 Report

That is a good idea.
Me I just step out side and look at what is there and see all that life have to ofer and there is a lot out there to be happy for , just being able to draw the next breath is a great thing we can all look on the hard times as hard but are they realy all that hard do you have some food can you feed your kids Do you have a safe place to sleep do you have a roof over your head ?there has benn a time in my life that I didnt have any of this and times where still good I was alive and able to keep fighting and live one more day, So depression, I have had it as hard as it can be.I still get stressed out from time to time I think we all do I have sean things that still send chills down my spine I will never give up or give in
I love me I have workd hard to get where I am today.
Live like today is your last day ,it may be.
Best wishes

MAYS 2010-07-07 10:37:08 -0500 Report

Well said, looking back allows us to appreciate the present and plan for the future.

gregsteele 2010-07-07 13:18:25 -0500 Report

Well put my friend we all need to be thankful for what we have and do what we can for those less fortunate love to all GREG

ccritch 2010-07-07 14:21:03 -0500 Report

I could not have said it any better! I think at one point or another time in our lives we have all been there in need! Lending a hand to someone who needs it is my modo and I do this everyday, either by sharing or giving what I have and if I have nothing to give I give something more a word from the Good Book to get that person or myself through the next day and share my insights and thoughts. I don't have time to do the volunteer thing as I work days and pantries are only open during the morning hours. What you do is a blessing and good thing BettyMachete you will be rewarded for your good deeds.

God Bless to all