How to Deal with Anxiety and Depression

Depression and anxiety are one of the worst symptoms one can face in their life-time. It is also one of the most common mental health issues in the United States. Whether you are a teen or a senior citizen, it feels horrible, like the world is turning against you. For those of you that have been through depression and anxiety, or are currently going through anxiety and depression, this post would be very beneficial to you guys. Remember though, the reason why I am writing this post is because I actually suffering from severe depression around 3-4 years ago and I wouldn’t wish it on no one. I feel like this is going to be a good post to write about how to deal with anxiety and depression. Then again I am NOT writing this post for me, but for YOU people that are reading this. With that being said lets go…

 

1. Talk from your heart

Heart

Now I am not saying to go out there and start singing haha. I mean you should definitely tell others ( trusted people ) such as your parents, sibling, cousins and/or even best friends how you feel. Trust me when I say this, although your depression won’t go away in a blink of an eye, you WILL feel much better after telling them. The reason for this is because you are letting go of the pain inside of you, the negative emotions that are taking over you, or better yet, you are expressing yourself. I learned this the hard way, so please I don’t want you going through the same thing I went through. Ever realized when someone gets mad and they hold it of a certain period of time and then the just go on rage mode.

 

2. Talk to yourself positively

beautiful day

This is much easier said than done, I have done it a little bit and it helped. But my negative emotions took over, and on top of that I didn’t tell anyone I was going through. So yes saying positive stuff to yourself is helpful, but you have to mean it, and say it with confidence! But this needs to be in par with at least some support.

 

3. Get counseling/professional help

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This is one of the most effective ways to help overcome depression. You don’t only have friends and family helping you out, but you have someone that actually has professional experience in the field of this magnitude. Not only would he/she be asking you questions, but he/she is going to be giving you (proven) ways to fight depression.

 

4. Spend time with understanding people

understanding people

I see so many people time and time again hanging out with the wrong times of people and complain that they are not being supported, and yet they still called them their friend. Im sorry to say this, but those types of people are not your friends. Real friends are caring and very understanding and they would do everything they would do to support you. If you are currently in depression and you are with people who don’t understand and don’t care… its only going to make it worse. However if you spend time and express your self with REAL friends, your depression would lessen. Also don’t forget about your family, they are (supposed to be) your biggest helpers. I know this sounds obvious and cliche, but it seems like nowadays people don’t just seem to get it.

 

5. Talk to someone who has been in the same boat as you

same boat

Listen a person that can really help you ( besides a professional of course ), is a person that has actually been in the same position that you are in. He/she can help you very effectively because that person knows the struggles and the ins and outs of overcoming depression. He or she can also give you some good advice on what do do and when to do it. Listen, would you take advice from someone on making $1 million dollars a year when that person hasn’t done it him/herself? I sure hope not

 

So here is some practical but affective advice on how to overcome, or at least lessen your depression. I want to share this advice to you because I know how being in a state of depression feels like, and I want to help improve you guys as much as I can. I am not a professional so, don’t count on these advices a lone, they are merely just to help you out….seriously.

 

6. Spend time in nature

Nature and Sunset

Although this alone didn’t helped me how to deal with anxiety and depression completely, it certainly helped in the long run. I could say this from experience that once you step out that front door and head out to a local park, you would feel much better during that time and beyond is because you are putting your self out side. Not only that but you would have a strong sense of freedom. You would hear the birds chirping, the insects making quiet noises, and most importantly you have the combination of a sense of freedom, bliss and happiness. If possible, try to go near a body of water for a more pleasurable experience.

 

7. Exercise

fitness

Believe it or not exercise was one of the main reasons why over came those mental health issues. It is also proven that exercising decreases your state of depression AND anxiety, while increasing you state of happiness and well being. There are many reasons on why they correlate. But the main reason for this phenomenon is that exercise benefits the brain by increasing dopamine levels. The hormone dopamine ( AKA the happiness hormone ) is released by the brain As a result, the more you exercise ( to a certain point of course ) the more dopamine the brain produces, which in turns makes you feel better.

 

Conclusion

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So these are one of the best ways on how to deal with anxiety and depression. Sure there are many more ways to do this. But these are definitely very effective. These will help you short term as well as long term if you use them correctly. However you would need to figure out how to implement these things into your life. Sitting here and reading this post alone would not cut it, you would need take ACTION. You would need to create a plan and execute it, as hard as it may sound, trust me it would work out. You would need to leverage on the amount of techniques you are going to use, because using one technique may work or may not work, depending on the severity of your situation. Either way start small by applying one technique, and then work your way up. This is not a race against time, so go at your own pace. Remember you can use other techniques outside ( and ) including this list. If there is one thing I would tell you, and it is of most importance…is that you shouldn’t expect these techniques to work like miracles. It is going to take time, especially if you got major depression. I just don’t want you to set unrealistic expectations. Thats all for today folks! I hope this has helped you as much as it has helped me. Please leave comments down below and I would be happy to help:)

 

 

8 Comments

  1. Syed Suhail Ahmed

    Thank you for those tips on how to fight anxiety and depression.
    This is definitely a common problem today even among kids and what I’ve found from a little bit of research is that it’s mainly because of lack of positivity in a child’s environment.

    Thank you so much for this information.
    It can really help someone get rid of their depression and anxiety!

    Cheers,
    Suhail.

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    1. Omar Sanchez

      Hey Syed! Thank you so much for taking the time to read my article/blog. I have went through those 2 phases so I know how it feels, I wouldn’t wish it on no one. You are absolutely right about the lack of positivity in a child or person’s environment, it rubs off on people. My goal is to help as many people that are having a hard time as much as possible.

      Thanks:)

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  2. Cathy

    I read this article with great interest as I’ve recently encountered a few individuals who confessed that they are suffering from depression. And they are pretty young, probably in their 30’s to 40’s.

    Although I am not very close to them, there are times that they would talk about their condition with me. It feels awkward since I am not a psychiatrist, but from your article, I guess the best thing that I can do is just to lend an ear and let them express their feelings.

    We shouldn’t judge people who are going through this disease condition. You never know if someday, you might find yourself in the same situation.

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    1. Omar Sanchez (Post author)

      People of all ages suffer from depression, from the teenage years to 65+ years old. I was one of them in my teen years. The sad thing is that the teenagers are more prone to and vulnerable to depression since they are going through puberty. Even if you are not a psychiatrist, it is still important to keep an open mind and let them tell you what they are going through.

      Yes we shouldn’t judge people too much. Too much judging can become our worst enemy. That also goes back to keeping an open mind.:)

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  3. Andrea Sivani

    Its great to see articles like these because anxiety and depression are so common. More and more people are experiencing symptoms and probably don’t even realise as sometimes they can present as mild.. The more awareness that’s created about it, the more support that’s available, the more comfortable people will be talking about it! Great tips on how to deal when concerns arise!

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    1. Omar Sanchez (Post author)

      Hey Andrea!

      Unfortunately anxiety and depression are very common like you said! Believe it or not, one of the main causes of depression is lack of passion and feeling out of place. I’ve been through that and it was horrible! That’s the reason why am here, I am spreading the word as much as we can:) I love helping out!

      Omar

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  4. Taking A Leap Of Faith

    Depression and anxiety are very hard to deal with, but they are both 2 of the most common mental health issues around. And it doesn’t matter how old you are. I’ve seen completely stressed out and depressed kids who have so many activities on their plates they don’t know whether they are coming or going. I’ve also seen elderly people depressed because all the people they used to know aren’t around any longer, and they have to go through meeting all new people and have a hard time of it. And anxiety can have you curled up in a ball rocking back and forth, hyperventilating and your heart racing so bad you can’t focus on anything. So to help yourself you need to talk to someone, anyone. Hopefully you can get professional help, but if not, at least talk to a friend. Also make sure that when you talk to yourself, it is in a positive way. Build yourself up, don’t tear yourself down. Sometimes spending time in nature helps, maybe going on a walk, or even some other form of exercise can help you destress. You can even meditate, try yoga, or get one of those adult coloring books so you can focus on something else for a little while.

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    1. Omar Sanchez (Post author)

      Yes that’s very true!

      Omar

      Reply

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