Coping with Anxiety & Depression

Perhaps you’ve discovered avenues to minimize your anxiety and/or depression. Perhaps you are looking for answers. Please feel encouraged to share your ideas, questions, or concerns in the comment section below.

The #1 health problem in the world today is stress. The #1 stressor is change. We have more labor-saving devices in our world today but less time. That can create maladaptive stress caused by change.

A great majority of the time if one has anxiety, he/she will also have depression. All steps should be taken to control it. Up to 40% of clinical depression is genetic. It has nothing to do with lack of willpower. Also, as in my case, depression can be caused by a traumatic brain injury (TBI). All efforts to control your anxiety/depression should be initiated by health care personnel.

You can also use countless non-chemical means to cope with depression and/or stress. Some, and this is a shortlist, are:

  • Get up 15 minutes earlier
  • Prepare for the morning the night before
  • Avoid tight-fitting clothes
  • Avoid relying on chemical aids
  • Set appointments ahead
  • Don’t rely on your memory
  • Write it down
  • Practice preventive maintenance
  • Make duplicate keys
  • Say no more often
  • Set priorities
  • Avoid negative people
  • Use time wisely
  • Simplify meal times
  • Always make copies of important papers
  • Anticipate your needs
  • Stop worrying that other people are thinking about you. (They are not thinking about you….you are not the center of the universe!)
  • Repair something that doesn’t work properly
  • Ask for help for jobs you dislike
  • Break large tasks into bite-size portions
  • Un-clutter your life
  • Smile
  • Be prepared for rain
  • Tickle a baby
  • Pet your dog/cat
  • Don’t know all the answers
  • Look for a silver lining
  • Say something nice to someone
  • Teach a kid to fly a kite
  • Walk in the rain
  • Schedule playtime in every day
  • Take a bubble bath
  • Be aware of the decisions you make
  • Believe in you
  • Stop saying negative things to yourself
  • Visualize yourself winning
  • Develop your sense of humor
  • Stop thinking tomorrow will be better
  • Have goals for yourself
  • Dance a jig
  • Say hello to a stranger
  • Ask a friend for a hug
  • Look up at the stars
  • Practice breathing slowly
  • Learn to whistle a tune
  • Read a poem
  • Listen to a symphony
  • Watch a ballet
  • Read a story curled up in bed
  • Do a brand new thing
  • Stop a bad habit
  • Buy yourself a flower
  • Take stock of your achievements
  • Find support from others
  • Ask someone to be your vent partner
  • Do it your way
  • Work at being cheerful and optimistic
  • Put safety first
  • Do everything in moderation
  • Pay attention to your appearance
  • Strive for excellence NOT perfection
  • Stretch your limits a little each day
  • Look at a work of art
  • Hum a jingle
  • Maintain your weight
  • Plant a tree
  • Feed the birds
  • Practice grace under pressure
  • Stand up and stretch
  • Always have a plan B
  • Learn a new doodle
  • Memorize a joke
  • Be responsible for your feelings
  • Learn to meet your own needs
  • Become a good listener
  • Know your limitations and let others know them too
  • Tell someone to have a good day in pig Latin
  • Throw a paper airplane
  • Exercise everyday
  • Learn the words to a new song
  • Get to work early
  • Clean out one closet
  • Play patty cake with a toddler
  • Go on a picnic
  • Take a different route to work
  • Leave work early (with permission)
  • Put an air freshener in your car
  • Watch a movie and eat popcorn
  • Write a note to a faraway friend
  • Go to a ball game a scream
  • Cook a meal and eat it by candlelight
  • Recognize the importance of unconditional love
  • Remember that stress is an attitude
  • Keep a journal
  • Practice a monster smile
  • Remember you always have “options”
  • Have a support network of people, places and things
  • Quit trying to “fix” other people
  • Get enough sleep
  • Talk less and listen more
  • Freely praise other people
  • P.S. Relax, take it easy….you have the rest of your life.

Please know if you have been diagnosed with anxiety, these “de-stressors” and many more should be used along with prescribed medication….NOT in lieu of prescribed medication.

To learn more about coping with anxiety and depression, review the ebook, Rise Above: Conquering Adversities.

Dr. Greg Little is a nationally known speaker and motivator. He has presented seminars on Laughter, Substance Abuse Treatment & Mental Health Treatment extensively throughout the United States. His book, "Rise Above: Conquering Adversities," has sold in seven (7) countries and helped countless individuals realize they are limited only by their ability to adapt.

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *