Everybody deals with anxiety and depression, however some people
have a hard time in managing it. As a result, here is a brief list
of techniques that a person can use to help manage their most persistent
fears and every day anxieties.
When facing a current or upcoming task that overwhelms you with
a lot of anxiety, the first thing you can do is to divide the task
into a series of smaller steps. Completing these smaller tasks one
at a time will make the stress more manageable and increases your
chances of success.
Sometimes we get stressed out when everything happens all at once.
When this happens, a person should take a deep breath and try to
find something to do for a few minutes to get their mind off of
the problem. A person could get some fresh air, listen to some music,
or do an activity that will give them a fresh perspective on things.
A person should visualize a red stop sign in their mind when they
encounter a fear provoking thought. When the negative thought comes,
a person should think of a red stop sign that serves as a reminder
to stop focusing on that thought and to think of something else.
A person can then try to think of something positive to replace
the negative thought.
Another technique that is very helpful is to have a small notebook
of positive statements that makes you feel good. Whenever you come
across an affirmation that makes you feel good, write it down in
a small notebook that you can carry around with you in your pocket.
Whenever you feel depressed or frustrated, open up your small notebook
and read those statements. This will help to manage your negative
Learn to take it one day at a time. Instead of worrying about how
you will get through the rest of the week, try to focus on today.
Each day can provide us with different opportunities to learn new
things and that includes learning how to deal with your problems.
You never know when the answers you are looking for will come to
your doorstep. We may be ninety-nine percent correct in predicting
the future, but all it takes is for that one percent to make a world
Take advantage of the help that is available around you. If possible,
talk to a professional who can help you manage your depression and
anxieties. They will be able to provide you with additional advice
and insights on how to deal with your current problem. By talking
to a professional, a person will be helping themselves in the long
run because they will become better able to deal with their problems
in the future. Remember that it never hurts to ask for help.
Dealing with our persistent fears is not easy. Remember that all
you can do is to do your best each day, hope for the best, and take
things in stride. Patience, persistence, education, and being committed
in trying to solve your problem will go along way in fixing your
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. For
additional information go to: http://www.managingfear.com/