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The reality of living with anxiety and depression is that it’s not easy. However, if you are able to work on identifying your triggers and have coping mechanisms that can help you reduce your anxiety and stress, that can go a long way. If you are suffering from depression and anxiety and would like to reduce your symptoms and improve your quality of life, this is for you.
According to the National Institute of Mental Health:
“For a person with an anxiety disorder, the anxiety does not go away and can get worse over time. The symptoms can interfere with daily activities such as job performance, school work, and relationships.”
There are many different symptoms of anxiety. According to Mayo Clinic, some symptoms are “Feeling nervous, restless or tense, Having a sense of impending danger, panic or doom, Having an increased heart rate, Breathing rapidly (hyperventilation), Sweating, Trembling, Feeling weak or tired.”
If you believe that you are having those symptoms, please consult with your doctor. However, if you are having these symptoms, do you know how to cope with these symptoms? Do you know what you need to do to help you manage your anxious feelings? If not, below are some coping mechanisms that might help decrease your anxiety:
Of course, there are many ways to help you reduce your anxiety, so please don’t limit yourself to just these few coping mechanisms that are suggested. Remember, this is about YOU! You want to make sure that you do what is best for YOU.
According to Better Health Channel:
“Depression affects how people think, feel and act. Depression makes it more difficult to manage from day to day and interferes with study, work and relationships.”
In addition, the National Institute of Mental Health provided a list of signs and symptoms of depression, such as “Persistent sad, anxious, or “empty” mood, feelings of hopelessness, or pessimism, irritability, Feelings of guilt, worthlessness, or helplessness, Loss of interest or pleasure in hobbies and activities, Decreased energy or fatigue, Moving or talking more slowly, Feeling restless or having trouble sitting still, Difficulty concentrating, remembering, or making decisions, Difficulty sleeping, early-morning awakening, or oversleeping”
As mentioned earlier, please consult with your doctor if you haven’t done so already regarding the signs and symptoms. However, Below are some coping mechanisms that might help decrease your depression:
As you can tell, some of the coping mechanisms can help decrease both depression and anxiety.
According to Anxiety and Depression Association of America:
“It’s not uncommon for someone with an anxiety disorder to also suffer from depression or vice versa. Nearly one-half of those diagnosed with depression are also diagnosed with an anxiety disorder”
Please note that everyone may experience anxiety and depression in different ways and may go through different situations that trigger anxiety and depression. The reality of anxiety and depression is that it can affect your daily activities, your relationships, your job, and so many aspects of your life. However, if you know and understand your symptoms, your triggers, and have coping mechanisms that help your symptoms, then you are one step closer to improving your quality of life. Keep pushing! You got this and so many people are here to help.
Lastly, Remember, you are NOT alone, ever. Please reach out to a friend, family member, counselor, teacher, or anybody you trust and let them know how you’re feeling. I promise that it is better to talk to someone than to keep it all in.
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