Stress, anxiety and depression issues that can destroy a person’s health and hinder their lives in a way that causes them to miss out on positive experiences and good times. The truth is that the majority of things people stress over never even come to pass. This truth alone should help put things into perspective. It is just one of five ways to overcome stress and anxiety.
Statistics show that about 70% of the things people worry about never happen. Think about the fact that none of the things we worry about have actually happened yet. You are spending time being afraid of something that does not exist. Think about how silly it is to make yourself sick over something that is not reality.
The real problem with stress and depression is that it causes us to view problems as much bigger than they truly are. When depression takes over it becomes impossible to think clearly and rationally. Instead all that is left are all the things that are going wrong and images of the inevitable chaos that will ensue.
To combat these over exaggerations, train yourself to take a step back from the situation. Consider, for a moment, everything that is going right. Are you healthy? Do you have friends and family that care about you? Are they healthy? Do you have food in your fridge and a roof over your head? Think about the fact that your kids made it to school safely and that you made it to work safely. Think about the fact that many today did not.
These questions will help put your life into perspective. When these infinitely priceless things are going so right, other problems – even ones that seem very grave like missed deadlines or appointments – matter little. Consider the true, lifelong value of things, people, and situations.
Make time for yourself. Find something you love to do that makes you feel great. Running, painting, dancing, writing, and playing sports are all healthy hobbies that will give your mind and body a break from depression or stress and anxiety. In the end, you will be able to focus better on solutions to the issues that give you stress or depress you.
It may be time to make some difficult changes. If you are stressed from over commitments, simplify your schedule. This means learning to say no and making sacrifices. Maybe you need to focus more on family or cut back on work hours. Simplifying your finances goes hand in hand with this step. Perhaps nights out need to be reduced from 3 to 1. Learn to delay gratification by practicing self-control and restraint. As your finances improve, the stress and anxiety or depression you suffer at its hands will also decrease.
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