By Stanley Popovich
Everybody deals with anxiety and depression, however some people have a hard time managing it. Here is a brief list of
techniques that a person can use to help manage their most persistent fears and every day anxieties.
When facing a current or upcoming tasks that overwhelm you, the first thing you can do is to divide the task into a series
of smaller steps. Completing these smaller tasks one-at-a-time will make the stress more manageable and increases your chances
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.
When the negative thought comes, 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
Another 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 or frustrated, open up your small notebook and read those statements. This
will help to manage your negative thinking.
Learn to take it 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.
Take advantage of the help that is available around you. If possible, talk to a professional who can help you manage your
depression and anxieties. They will be able to provide you with additional advice and insights on how to deal with your current
problem. 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. Remember that it never hurts to ask for help.
Dealing with our persistent fears is not easy. Remember that all you can do is to do your best each day, hope for the
best, and take things in stride. Patience, persistence, education, and being committed in trying to solve your problem will
go along way in fixing your problems.
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/