Everyone deals with stress and anxiety in their daily lives. However, many people often project these common life problems onto others or themselves, through multiplicities of addiction. These emotional tendencies are deeply flawed and self-destructive; there are more constructive ways to curtail overall stress and anxiety. Here is a list of techniques that an individual can employ in order to manage personal stress, anxieties, and fears productively, and with less damage to the overall human environment:
1) First and foremost, seek self-directed help and comprehensive treatment from a credentialed mental health professional. Getting consistent help from a counselor or other specialist adds up to intrinsic, uncritical third party support above and beyond that of well-meaning loved ones, and deeper, richer insight into your most bracing problems. Honestly implementing these suggestions demands patience for the ongoing project of wellness and turnaround from ingrained negative cognitive and emotional patterning.
2) Try to learn, on a daily basis, the basic roots of your fears and anxieties. Self-reflective, fundamental knowledge of the well-springs of your psychological choke holds is vital to exploring and enriching corrective solutions in your life. If you are consistently without awareness of or coping skills for these stumbling blocks, be sure to ask a mental health professional or a counselor for direction. As a layman personally invested in these processes, I learned firsthand that addressing the potential vortex of your fears and anxieties firmly and thoroughly will drive you that much closer to getting better and more self-possessed.
3) Sometimes, debilitating stress arises when there is a bottleneck of cascading, problematic situations. Instead of venting outwards onto those close to you, or with whom you’re less-acquainted, try deep breaths and mild distractions — a brisk walk, music that soothes, skimming newspapers or other periodicals — anything that helps bring a clearer perspective of the overall scope of stress-inducing circumstances at hand. A mental “timeout” can help you to reevaluate, refocus and redirect your approach to the present crisis, large or small.
4) A good way to leverage self-defeating worry is to challenge your situational negativity with positive affirmations and pragmatic thinking. When confronting fearful or anxious thoughts, challenge them by addressing questions to your core tendencies, accenting objectivity and common sense at all times.
5) When faced with upcoming tasks that, for whatever reasons, overwhelm you with dread and presumed failure, naturally the first strategy to manifest is breaking the task(s) down into a chambered series of smaller steps in fulfillment of preset goals. By completing these simplified demands systematically, in incremental chunks of progress, the overall stress and trepidation regarding the greater project will become more personally manageable and increase your chances of ultimate success.
As a caveat to this suggested program of strategies: I am a concerned layman, not a trained mental health professional. I fully understand that it’s far from easy to find a modicum of comfort with and partial answers to our sometimes crippling fears and other problems, on demand and in the constant flux of “the real world.” However there are nearly unlimited, nurturing, self-transcendent resources available to you as a challenged consumer; the key is to be patient and persistent. In time, though trial and error, you will be able to find those resources which most effectively help you to alleviate your problems, and bring you life to a newer, more positive dimension.