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The following article is By Stanley Popovich

Some people have a difficult time in managing their depression. Sometimes, their depression and fears can get best of them. As a result, here is a short list of techniques that a person can use to help manage their depression.

One of the ways to manage your depression is to 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, your afraid that if you do not get that job promotion then you will be stuck at your job forever. This depresses you, however your thinking in this situation is unrealistic. The fact of the matter is that there all are kinds of jobs available and just because you don’t get this job promotion doesn’t mean that you will never get one. In addition, people change jobs all the time, and you always have that option of going elsewhere if you are unhappy at your present location.

Some people get depressed and have a difficult time getting out of bed in the mornings. When this happens, a person should take a deep breath and try to find something to do to get their mind off of the problem. A person could take a walk, listen to some music, read the newspaper or do an activity that will give them a fresh perspective on things. Doing something will get your mind off of the problem and give you confidence to do other things.

Sometimes, we can get depressed 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.

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 depressed, open up your small notebook and read those statements.

Take advantage of the help that is available around you. If possible, talk to a professional who can help you manage your fears 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. Managing your fears and anxieties takes practice. The more you practice, the better you will become.

The techniques that I have just covered are some basic ways to manage your depression, however your best bet is to get some help from a professional.


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/

Self-Medicating for anxiety, panic attacks, agoraphobia and depression.

When you suffer from anxiety, panic attacks and agoraphobia (and for that matter depression) alcohol and drug abuse can be a very dangerous thing. Although some people find short term relief from their symptoms it is NEVER a solution.

Let’s take anxiety. If one is going through an anxious time a night out involving the consumption of large amounts of alcohol can bring temporary calm. It can also improve mood, raise self-esteem and provide courage. I stress again, all of these things are temporary! They do not last more than a few hours and as the effects of the alcohol wear off symptoms worsen once more. Indeed typically symptoms are worse than they were before the alcohol binge started. Making yourself feel worse isn’t the only danger, it is also possible that in order to battle the new strong symptoms you turn again to alcohol. This is how addiction starts. Some research has suggested that a vast majority of substance addiction started as an attempt to self-medicate for anxiety and depression.

So, although it might be tempting, and although it might seem to be a cure, self-medicating for anxiety, panic and agoraphobia does not work and will not help in the long term!

Boosting Confidence 2

In a previous post we talked about a simple trick to improve confidence. And I stress again that making yourself look more confident will make others treat you as if you are more confident and in turn make you feel more confident! This can be very important when battling anxiety. Before we focussed on body language to improve confidence and I want to continue that theme now with a word or two about posture.

Posture has long been linked to emotion. The famous Alexander technique links posture with all sorts of physical and mental health benefits. In short, posture can definitely help with breathing, digestion and aches and pains. More about that another day, I want to talk about confidence.

People who slouch and have hunched rounded shoulders don’t look confident. They look more nervous, less enthusiastic, less outgoing, less interesting, less brave and less attractive! And just like before, how you look will effect how other people interact with you and, most importantly, how you feel.

So how do you change your posture to make yourself look and feel more confident? People have written books on the subject and there are therapists who ran entire courses on posture. But, as always, you can start now for free!

This technique, borrowed from the work of Alexander, is a good one. All you have to do is imagine a golden thread attached to the back of the top of your head, say three inches from the highest point of your crown. Imagine this golden thread is gently being pulled tight, lifting your head and straightening your spine a bit. That is it, just allow yourself to be more erect and taller. Don’t over do it, you don’t want to appear arrogant and aggressive. Don’t force it either, just let yourself get pulled up a bit, whether you are sitting or standing. As it becomes second nature you may find great changes taking place!