Depression & Anxiety

Depression and anxiety are two topics that people tend to shy away from. These topics bring about feelings of embarrassment at the thought of sharing such personal struggles. Society has made mental health issues such as these a taboo subject. However, these are topics that should be talked about openly. Whether you are clinically depressed or not, everyone has struggled with feelings of emptiness or worthlessness at some point in their lives.* When negative emotions are left to dwell in your mind they can become overwhelming and can even become progressively worse. These emotions can take a hold of you and make you feel like you will never be happy again. They can keep you in a place of despair no matter how hard you try to break free.

When you are stuck in this season of life it is important to remember to stand firm and to hold onto the hope that is found in Christ.

When you are overwhelmed with fear, pain or even sadness remember that those feelings won’t last forever and you are not alone in how you feel. You are not crazy for feeling the way that you do. It’s okay to not have your life together all the time. It’s okay to cry, to ask for help and it’s okay not to feel okay.

“Be self-controlled and alert. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. Resist him, standing firm in the faith, because you know that your brothers throughout the world are undergoing the same kind of suffering” (1 Peter 5:8-9).

When you are faced with these emotions don’t be afraid to let someone in and allow them to help you. It may seem easier just to deal with it on your own, but God calls us to be in community for a reason. When we are in community we can share our burdens along with our joys and we can be a support to one another through the hard times.

Life can seem like a lot to handle sometimes, but trusting that God is in control can help us lean on Him. He is our strength and He will never leave us alone in our pain. God is on our side and He will pull us through even the most difficult times!

Samantha Zanol is in her third year dancing with the Ballet 5:8 professional company and currently serves as the Administrative Assistant for Ballet 5:8 School of the Arts. Samantha can be found at the Front Desk several nights a week at both of the school’s campuses; you will also be able to see her onstage at Ballet 5:8’s upcoming performances of Belteshazzar: A Perilous Tale at the Beverly Arts Center in February.

*If you feel like you are dealing with anxiety or depression, make sure to talk with an adult you trust. It's always best to seek the help of a professional counselor if you're struggling with anxiety or depression that doesn't get better with time; an adult mentor can help you decide when  to seek help.