Managing your persistent fears,
anxieties and stresses
by Stanley Popovich
Everybody deals with anxiety and
depression, however some people have a difficult 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
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
statements.This will help to manage your
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 of difference.
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
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.