Many people who struggle with mental illness can have a difficult time getting through each day. Fear, anxiety, and depression can be so overwhelming that the person is not able to live a normal life. This can lead to hopelessness and despair for many families and individuals who are unable to manage their mental health related issues.
As a result, here are 8 tips on how to overcome the daily struggles with mental illness and other fear related issues.
Admit that you have a mental health problem
The first step on your recovery from your current situation is admitting you have a problem. Ignoring your depression and anxieties will only make things worse. It may be scary, but the best thing you can do is to admit that you have mental health problem and that you need to seek some help to get your life back on track.
Seek the services of a mental health professional
If possible, talk to a mental health professional who can help you manage your fears, anxieties, and depression. Talk to your doctor or join a local mental health support group to find a counselor that can help you right away. 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. A counselor can also provide additional advice and insights on how to deal with your current issues.
Learn to take things 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.
Do some breathing techniques
Taking deep breaths is another great way to relieve your tension and to clear your mind. By taking a few minutes out of your busy schedule to do some breathing techniques, you will feel better and you will be able to think more clearly. Once you start to feel relaxed and calm, you will be better able to re-evaluate your situation.
Learn how to overcome your fear related thoughts
When encountering thoughts that make you fearful or depressed, challenge those thoughts by asking yourself questions that will maintain objectivity and common sense. Always focus on the facts of your current situation rather than on what your fearful thoughts are telling you. In addition, 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.
Read something that will uplift your spirits
A 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, open your small notebook and read those statements.
Learn from your past mental health experiences
In every anxiety-related situation you experience, begin to learn what works, what doesn’t work, and what you need to improve on in managing your fears and anxieties. For instance, you have a lot of anxiety and you decide to take a walk to help you feel better. The next time you feel anxious you can remind yourself that you got through it the last time by taking a walk. This will give you the confidence to manage your anxiety the next time around.
Don’t get overwhelmed With Fear And Anxiety
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. This helps from getting overwhelmed which can increase your stress and anxieties.
The key is not to give up and to seek help from the professionals. You are not alone when it comes to your mental health struggles. There are many support groups in your area where you can get assistance and find people who can relate to your situation. Your situation is not hopeless and by making the right decisions, you will eventually be able to get your life back on track.
Stan Popovich is the author of “A Layman’s Guide to Managing Fear”. For more information about Stan’s book and to get some more free mental health advice, visit Stan’ website at http://www.managingfear.com/