Reduce Your Depression By Helping Someone

Therese J. Borchard

P2180214Dr. Karl Menninger, the famous psychiatrist, was once asked following a lecture on mental health: “What would you advise a person to do, if that person felt a nervous breakdown coming on?”

Most people thought he would say: “Consult a psychiatrist.”

But he didn’t. He surprised everyone when he replied: “Leave your house, find someone in need and do something to help that person.”

I know this is going to upset folks. When I posted it on my Facebook page, the reviews weren’t so nice. One woman said that hearing things like this makes her feel worse because it is as though Menninger is saying that she’s depressed because she’s self-absorbed. Another person was angry at me because he thought that spreading this kind of horse poop online deepens and thickens the stigma that we have to work so hard against.

I get that.

For six years I experienced suicidal thoughts…

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Fasting and Beyond: The Benefits of Intermittent Fasting


As Ramadan is drawing near, I’ve been getting a lot of questions from my followers on how to stay healthy and fit during Ramadan. While this is a great question and one I plan on and am excited to answer, I want to first focus on the benefits of fasting. We must first understand what fasting actually is and does, before we can develop our knowledge on how to fast. If you think about it, fasting is a very basic and natural concept; we fast every night while we sleep. Our bodies are designed to fast. Intermittent fasting, is a period of abstaining from food, and sometimes drink, for certain periods throughout the day. The fasting usually lasts somewhere between 12-24 hours. As Muslims, our fasting consists of complete abstinence from food and drink from dusk until dawn. The benefits of fasting are bountiful and reach far beyond the…

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Do Not Be Sad…

Striving Muslimah

Do Not Be Sad, O My Sister!


If you are sad because of a sin or an act of
disobedience which you have committed, meditate
on the words of your Lord who is more merciful to
you than yourself.

He says, :-Say, “O ‘Ibâdî (My
slaves) who have transgressed against themselves
(by committing evil deeds and sins)! Despair not of
the Mercy of Allâh, verily, Allâh forgives all sins.
Truly He is Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful.
[Surat Az-Zumar: 53]

If your sadness is due to oppression directed
towards you by a relative or another one, Allah has
promised you His help and threatened your
oppressor by disappointment and humiliation.

Allah Almighty says, :-And Allâh likes not the Zâlimûn
(polytheists and wrong-doers).
[Surat Al-‘Imrân: 140]

If your sadness is due to poverty and privation, be
patient and rejoice as Allah

Almighty says, :-And
certainly, We shall test you with something…

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