Managing Your Life's Stresses and Anxieties
By Stan Popovich
Everybody deals with fear and anxiety, however sometimes our anxieties can get the best of us. As a result, here is a list of techniques that a person can use to help manage their daily stresses and anxieties.
Sometimes, we get stressed when everything happens all at once. When this happens, a person should take a deep breathe and try to find something to do for a few minutes to take their mind off the problem. A person could take a walk, listen to some music, read the newspaper or have a chat. This break will give them a fresh perspective on things, so that it will be easier to see what is the highest priority action to begin to handle the confusion.
Another technique that is very helpful is to have a small notebook of positive statements that make us 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 anxious, open up your small notebook and read those statements.
In dealing with your anxieties, learn to take it one day at a time. While the consequences of a particular fear may seem real, there are usually other factors that can not be anticipated and can affect the results of any situation. 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.
Sometimes, we can get depressed over a stressful situation. When this happens, a person should take a few minutes to write down all of the things that he is thankful for in his life. This list could include past accomplishments and all the things that that we take for granted. The next time you feel depressed, review your list and think about the good things that you have in your life.
When facing a current or upcoming task that overwhelms you with a lot of anxiety, divide the task into a series of smaller steps and then complete each of the smaller tasks one at a time. Completing these smaller tasks will make the stress more manageable and increases your chances of success.
As a layman, I know that our anxieties and stresses can be difficult to manage, however, there are many helpful resources available to us. It might take some hard work and persistence, but it is possible to find those answers in managing your anxieties.