Stan 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. For additional information go to: http://www.managingfear.com.

Manage Depression with These Four Tips

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Life got you down? Here are four tips that will help you manage the overwhelm and hold the blues at bay:managing the blues

 

  1. Challenge your negative thinking with positive statements and realistic thinking: When encountering thoughts that make your fearful or depressed, challenge those thoughts by asking yourself questions that will maintain objectivity and common sense. For example, you're afraid that if you are passed over for a job promotion, you will be stuck in your job forever. This is unrealistic thinking. There all are kinds of available jobs. People change jobs all the time, and you have that option if you don't like your current job.
  2. Distract your mind from focusing on a problem: Some people get depressed and have a difficult time getting out of bed in the morning.  When this happens, take a deep breath and try to find something to get your mind off of the problem. Take a walk, listen to some music, read the newspaper or do an activity that will inject a fresh perspective on things. Taking action will get your mind off of the problem and give you confidence to do other things. 
  3. Visualize yourself doing a future task: Sometimes, we can stress over a task that we will have to perform in the near future. When this happens, visualize yourself doing the task in your mind. For instance, you and your team have to play in the championship volleyball game in front of a large group of people in the next few days. Before the big day comes, imagine yourself playing the game in your mind. Imagine that your playing in front of a large audience. By playing the game in your mind, you will be better prepared to perform for real when the time comes. Self-Visualization is a great way to reduce the fear and stress of a coming situation.
  4. Keep 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.  Whenever you feel depressed, open up your small notebook and read those statements.

The techniques that I have just covered are some basic ways to manage your depression. However, if you are overwhelmed or stuck, your best bet is to get professional help. A professional can help you manage your fears and anxieties. Managing how you react to them takes practice. The more you practice, the better you will become.

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Stan 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. For additional information go to: http://www.managingfear.com/ 

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Stan 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. For additional information go to: http://www.managingfear.com.

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