What is anxiety?
When you feel anxious, you may try to ignore the feelings, avoid situations that make you anxious, or try to distract yourself. However, the best way to deal with anxiety is to accept that it’s a normal part of life and learn how to manage it. The best way to manage anxiety is to accept that it’s a normal part of life and learn how to manage it. So if you definitely can’t give up on that dream because you’re very indecisive, then how to you overcome non-committal decision-making? Accept that anxiety is a part of being alive, accept that a part of your daily routine is to become more aware of your emotions, inner dialogues, thinking patterns, physical reactions and outcomes, and changes.
Amazingly, by focusing on all these aspects together, our brains can sort through the pile of competing choices and choose the best response to each situation. Anxiety is a natural response to uncertainty. So your inner dialogues will be different for each time to come and go. My advice is sometimes you only need a small change in lifestyle to allow with increased emotional resilience and calmness to guide you through the storm. Just make sure you are implementing it into every bit of the habit so you’re not inducing more anxiety in the future.
What is depression?
Depression is a serious mental health condition that affects the way a person thinks, feels, and behaves. It can happen to anyone, at any age and can happen at any time, but it affects people in different ways. Depression is a common issue and it’s important to be cautious in talking about it. Why is depression such a big deal? Maybe you’ve experienced depression and want to do something about it — maybe you’ve just met someone who’s struggling with it and want to help them out — or maybe you’ve lost a loved one to it and it’s made you wonder what’s going on in your life. Finally, you seek help and help you do is hard.
Sufferers of depression may notice physical changes, like weight loss, fatigue, anger, irritability, lack of interest in things they normally enjoy, and more. However, not all people with depression have these symptoms, and not all symptoms indicate the same condition. You’re most likely to experience symptoms of depression if you’ve had a major change to your life, such as losing your job or starting your own business, simply because you can’t take care of yourself.
Common signs of depression include:
Sufferers of depression often have trouble concentrating and want to “download” — they frequently don’t know how to carry out simple tasks or stay active on a day-to-day basis. When this happens, it could be hard to get out of bed, get dressed, and go to work/school. Over time, they may also develop a low energy level, which can also make it difficult to do things like drive, cook, cut your hair, or keep a job and socialize.
How can you tell if you’re getting anxious or depressed?
If you’re feeling restless or anxious and you can’t seem to shake it off, then you may be suffering from depression or anxiety. You can be depressed if you feel like things are never going to get better, that you’re not going to ever be able to be happy again.Or, you can be anxious over not knowing the meaning of your life. Or, both. It’s important to recognize the difference so that you can strive to be at your best when you’re struggling and so that you can develop coping strategies for when the “fever” passes.
Remember, love yourself first and foremost.
Common reactions to anxiety and depression
The most common reaction to anxiety and depression is withdrawal. When someone’s feeling uncomfortable and anxious, they’ll often withdraw from other people, and this can affect their work. If you’re feeling down, it’s best to talk to someone about it.It may take time to connect, but talking through your issues can set you up for success. According to Dr. Carlos Puentes-Martínez, Ph.D., someone who is suffering from anxiety or depression is more sensitive to social media. If the worry and sadness start creeping in, you can do two things:
If you’re feeling low, withdrawal can make you feel even worse. It’s important to express your needs, but not at the expense of your relationships. You might want to make an appointment with a therapist, but if you’re having a hard time just living life, it’s probably a good idea to reach out to a friend or family member. It’s something I’ve struggled with my whole life — whether I can eat my favorite foods. Sometimes my body feels so full that it’s hard to eat anything at all, especially after a long day. It can be hard to know how to cater to this craving, so I end up eating things I don’t enjoy. My reasons for eating certain foods fluctuate depending on what anxiety or depression are going through, but if you know you’re going through these feelings, talking to someone can make things easier.
After a stressful day, it’s natural to want to unwind by watching TV or scrolling through social media. You’re looking for relief from your feelings so you tweet about today’s woes or binge-watch a Netflix series to relax yourself. But these activities are toxic to your mental health if you’re feeling down. The first rule of anti-anxiety therapy is that it needs to be safe and effective. If any of these patterns are developing, you no longer have a reason to justify watching TV.
Tips for treating and preventing anxiety and depression
Anxiety and depression treatment can be tricky, but it doesn’t have to be. We’ve got some great tips for you here to help you get started on the road to wellness.
- I used to use willpower when I was anxious and I still do sometimes. But I know from experience that willpower is a muscle that gets tight, especially when your anxiety is bad. Instead, try to take one small step at a time. And if you’re still not sure you’re ready to make a change, don’t be discouraged because those small wins add up. Eventually, they will make a big difference.
- Several reports have shown that simply changing your environment can help you feel better with anxiety and depression. Here are some examples.
- When anxious, don’t try to resist everything out of fear. Instead, find the positive and try to find something that makes you feel better. Take a walk, turn on some music, read a magazine, get some fresh air, and don’t skip class. All of these things will help you feel better.
- Whenever we’re anxious, negative thinking can trigger negative cues which can make us feel even worse. Meditation helps these negative thoughts go away and helps us access more positive memories.
- If you find that meditating helps make you feel better, try staying consistent. Try to meditate at least once a day (if that’s possible).
- Don’t get discouraged if you still have days when you can’t get out of bed (or if it feels like you haven’t moved at all). It might still be just a bad day, just like every day is still a day. And if it isn’t, don’t beat yourself up. The cause of your anxiety isn’t your fault, and it probably won’t ever get better.