Recently, Denise Welch, has written a book that is helping people everywhere understand and deal with anxiety. Anxiety, as she states in her book, can be debilitating! It takes away our joy and happiness and causes us to suffer with insomnia, depression, and other related conditions. In this article, I’ll share some of her survival tips for dealing with anxiety.
First, when you’re depressed, you’re not thinking. When you’re anxious, you’re not thinking. We need to pay attention and be aware.
Second, to change anxiety’s effects on your life, you must take action. You’re either going to have to change the way you think and act or overcome anxiety. The former is easier than the latter. When you’re desperate and you’re worried about everything and anything, it becomes easy to procrastinate and lose momentum.
Third, when you feel anxious, be calm and just observe the situation. Don’t try to do anything. Try to just observe and this will calm you down. This one step helps you get past the anxiety and move forward with your day.
Fourth, find a supportive partner: Have a friend or family member that you can talk to about your fears and worries. They will keep you accountable and be there if you need them. This will also provide you with some much needed support.
Fifth, learn more about yourself and what your triggers are. In her book, “The Science of Getting Easy,” Denise Welch discusses about 30 different trigger ideas that can cause anxiety and/or depression. By knowing this information you’ll be able to identify if you’re feeling anxious and you’ll be able to make necessary lifestyle and behavior changes. Anxiety and depression are very treatable with the right diagnosis and help.
Sixth, set a good example: By doing something physical in a healthy and appropriate way, we show our own mental health. Think of how you would act if you felt anxious and you put yourself in a public place like the gym, or at a football game. You’d probably behave differently.
Seventh, practice yoga, meditation, or breathing techniques: Many people find meditation or yoga very relaxing. Breathing techniques to decrease anxiety and stress. And practicing breathing regularly will increase your body’s overall ability to stay fit and healthy.
Eighth, write down your best-selling book, song, or movie titles that calm you. This is a great “self-check” tool. What makes you feel good? Did you see the movie “The Fantastic Mr. Fox”? If so, you might find some of the dialogue of the characters reassuring and calming.
ninth, do something you’ve never done before. Try a highwire act or bungee jump. You’ll be surprised at how much fun it is. But it also allows you to challenge yourself physically and mentally. You’ll learn how to move gracefully over uneven surfaces, over uneven situations.
Ten, have a plan and don’t give up. There will be times when we feel like giving up. We shouldn’t. It is part of the journey through life.
And finally, to prevent anxiety and depression, do not avoid or delay getting help. You need to get help as soon as possible. The sooner we can address the root causes of anxiety and depression, the better our mental health will be. If we delay, the consequences could be worse.
Anxiety and depression are very serious and must be treated immediately. They can be prevented and properly managed with the correct information and assistance. These tips are from the book, “Mental Health Survival Tips: thirteen ways to survive stress, anxiety and depression in every day life”, by Denise Welch.