What do you do when your fears and depression are stronger than
what you can handle? There are times that no matter what you do,
your fears have the best of you. Here is a list of techniques and
suggestions on what to do when this happens.
The first step is to 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.
When a person is feeling depressed, he or she 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 they take for granted. The next time you
feel depressed, review your list and think about the good things
that you have in your life.
Remember that there is one power that is stronger than your fears
and depression and that is the power of God. A person does not
have to be religious to use the power of God. When the going gets
tough, talk to God about your problems as if you were talking to
a friend. Review the Bible and pray hard. Be persistent and be
open in the avenues that God may provide to you in solving your
problem. It is not always easy, however God is in control and he
will help you if you ask him.
If you decide to use the services of a professional, get into the
habit of reviewing with your counselor what techniques work for
you and which ones don’t. Dealing with your fears takes practice
so use this situation as a learning experience in improving your
skill sets. In every anxiety-related situation you experience,
begin to learn what works and what doesn’t work in managing your
fears and anxieties.
As a Layman, I realize it is not easy to deal with all of our
fears, however there are all kinds of help available. The key is
to be patient and not to give up. In time, you will be able to
find those resources that will help you with 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