Today we’ll take a look at the first three strategies that will help you cope with, and eliminate, depression and anxiety. You can begin using these coping strategies immediately. All of these coping strategies require that you take some action, but they’ll also help you work your way towards a happier and healthier life.


Talk  Openly about  your  feelings.

Let your doctor, family, friends, or a mental health professional know how you’re feeling. Sometimes putting your feelings into words lightens the burden.

Be sure to talk to someone who will really listen.

How This Helps You:

๏      You will be free to express your deepest feelings without fear of judgment.

๏      Sharing feelings of anxiety and depression often brings some relief.

๏      It will give you a new perspective of your situation.

How You Can Do This:

๏      Ask a friend to listen.

๏      Join a support group.

๏      Make an appointment with your doctor or a therapist.

 

Postpone  Your  Worries.

You can often take the anxiety out of a situation if you delay the process of worrying.

This is one of the most effective strategies to help reduce excessive anxiety.

How This Helps You:

๏      It will help you live in the moment.

๏      You will realize that most worries never actually come to fruition.

๏      It will help you take the focus off of the things that are out of your control.

How You Can Do This:

๏      Tell yourself you’ll think about it tomorrow, then let it go.

๏      Write yourself a note to take care of the issue at a specific time in the future.

๏      Convince yourself that you are capable of dealing with challenges as they arise.

 

Put your worries into perspective.

If you know what you’re worried about, contemplate on how it’s affecting your life. Do these things really deserve this much attention?

Often when we take a close look at what’s causing us to be depressed or anxious, we realize that we’re giving them too much power over us.

How This Helps You:

๏      It keeps things in perspective, so you can live a more balanced life.

๏      It helps you realize that things may not be as bad as you thought.

๏      It enables you to think outside of your comfort zone.

How You Can Do This:

๏      Make a list of all the things you’re worried about.

๏      Ask a friend for their feedback about the items on your list.

๏      Join a support group where you can share your worries and also listen to those of other people. This will often give you a whole new perspective.

 

Any change, even a change for the better, is always accompanied by drawbacks and discomforts.

– Arnold Bennett