What do you do when someone you know has to deal with persistent
fears, anxieties, or even depression? Well the first thing you need
to do is to get the person to seek the services of a professional
who can lead them in the right direction and give them the help
they need. In addition, here are some other techniques you can use
to help the person cope.
as much as you can in managing anxiety and depression. There are
many books and information that will educate you on how to deal
with fear and anxiety. Share this information with the person who
is struggling. Education is the key in finding the answers your
looking for in managing your fears.
understanding and patient with the person struggling with their
fears. Dealing with depression and anxiety can be difficult for
the person so do not add more problems than what is already there.
every anxiety-related situation you experience, begin to learn what
works, what doesn’t work, and what you need to improve on
in managing your fears and anxieties. For instance, you have a lot
of anxiety and you decide to take a walk to help you feel better.
The next time you feel anxious you can remind yourself that you
got through it the last time by taking a walk. This will give you
the confidence to manage your anxiety the next time around.
Challenge your negative thinking with positive statements and realistic
thinking. When encountering thoughts that make your fearful or anxious,
challenge those thoughts by asking yourself questions that will
maintain objectivity and common sense. For example, you are afraid
that if you do not get that job promotion then you will be stuck
at your job forever. This depresses you, however your thinking in
this situation is unrealistic. The fact of the matter is that there
all are kinds of jobs available and just because you don’t
get this job promotion doesn’t mean that you will never get
one. In addition, people change jobs all the time, and you always
have that option of going elsewhere if you are unhappy at your present
location. Changing your thinking can help you manage your fears.
thing to remember is that things change and events do not stay the
same. For instance, you may feel overwhelmed today with your anxiety
and feel that this is how you will feel the rest of the week or
month. This isn’t correct. No one can predict the future with
one hundred percent accuracy. Even if the thing that you feared
does happen there are circumstances and factors that you can’t
predict which can be used to your advantage. You never know when
the help and answers you are looking for will come to you.
your fears and anxieties have the best of you, seek help from a
professional. The key is to be patient, take it slow, and not to
give up. In time, you will be able to find those resources that
will help you with your problems.
Stan Popovich is the author of "A Layman's Guide to Managing
Fear Using Psychology, Christianity and Non Resistant Methods"
- an easy to read book that presents a general overview of techniques
that are effective in managing persistent fears and anxieties.