Are you struggling with stress, depression, or anxiety? Over the years, I have found many ways to cope with my depression and anxiety. Here are five quick ways that I’ve learned that will help you find relief from stress, depression and anxiety.

  1. Take regular breaks from the firing line. Working hard without regular breaks is a great way to build up stress and tension. Make sure you have at least one 15-minute break in the morning and one in the afternoon as well as at least 20 minutes for lunch. If possible, eat lunch away from your workstation. Equally, if you have a lot to deal with in your life right now, taking a day, or a weekend elsewhere  to get some breathing space will really help. Even just a day away from the firing line will enable you to get some distance from the problems and help you to gather your thoughts.
  2. Regular exercise can help relieve stress, depression and anxiety. Exercise releases endorphin’s into your system and will give you a natural boost. It will also provide you with a break from brooding and dwelling on troubles but only if you perform the right kind of exercises. Perform exercises that require your full concentration. It is important that you do not brood when you exercise because although you will be benefiting physically, you are still stressing yourself mentally and the stress, depression and anxiety will worsen.
  3. Stop beating yourself up. Self-deprecation is a huge part of stress, depression and anxiety. Each time you beat up on yourself, you affirm yourself that you are what you say you are. Never tell yourself you’re useless, worthless, stupid, hopeless, boring, ugly, and a loser. Never convince yourself that other people hate you, that others find you difficult to be around and that you’re better off being alone. You would never deem it acceptable to say such things to other people and you must deem it equally unacceptable to say them to yourself. These words and phrases are powerful and they will hurt you. Accept that you’re not perfect and that you make mistakes. Cut yourself some slack.
  4. Isolation is another problem experienced by stress, depression and anxiety sufferers. OK, there will be times when you just want your own company. Use isolation positively. Occupy your mind by tackling a jigsaw puzzle, a logic problem, a crossword, read a book or perform a hobby such as painting, playing a musical instrument or whatever it is you have an interest in. In this way, isolation will help you to grow instead of causing you further pain.
  5. Television, radio and newspapers can all supply you with a daily hit of negativity and help lower your mood. In the main, they concentrate on the negative side of life: crime, corruption, war, scandal and natural disasters and can give you a distorted view of reality. Not to mention the amount of image manipulation they subject you to. Give yourself a break from this negative drip feed and avoid them completely for one week. You may find, like I have, that they have no place in your life after that. Trust me, you won’t miss them.

Please give these tips a try. They will help to boost your mood levels.

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