Are you ready to take back self-control?
Are you feeling stressed out or depressed? Do you have anxiety? You’ve heard it before; we’re social beings and creatures of habit. We’re also people who think and interpret, and it’s common enough to believe that we reason, but we’re also emotional – people with feelings. The inescapable blending of thinking and feeling can lead us toward greatness and happiness. But it can also leave us feeling frazzled, confused, anxious, down, hopeless, and depressed.
How You Can Bring Yourself Out of Anxiety, Stress, and Dark Thoughts
by Sophie Letts, September 20, 2022
We all feel down and out sometimes. However, your mental and physical health can take a turn when you continually feel like you can no longer cope with things like rejection, unemployment, and grief. It is common to suffer from depression, anxiety, and even suicidal thoughts at dark times. However, there is hope and many ways to bring light into your life.
Create a Safety Plan
If you have felt suicidal, you can give yourself a safety net by creating a safety plan. This should include information on deciding if you might be getting close to a crisis and a list of mental health professionals in your area. Although a concerned friend or family member often writes a safety plan, you may feel better knowing it is in place.
Focus on Personal and Professional Growth
For many of us, finances are a huge source of stress. But, we often get scared of moving forward because we fear failure. Don’t let your reservations stop you. If your job doesn’t meet your needs, it might be time to consider a career change. You can even go to school online and avoid the crowds to earn a degree in a field you’re passionate about. Working toward personal improvement in a comfortable environment can help you achieve your goals without duress.
Foster Close Friendships
Social isolation is often a trigger of loneliness, depression, and even suicidal thoughts. But even if you feel entirely alone, you likely have a more extensive network than you give yourself credit for. Don’t be shy about nurturing friendships with both old and new people in your life. Friends can help you deal with traumatic events and may improve your physical and mental health.
If you live in an area with a high walk score – meaning you can walk to various shops, restaurants, and businesses – try walking to meet up with friends. Stop into a few shops and make it a point to chat with one person. Even small social interactions can help lift your mood; you never know who you might meet.
Pay Attention to Anxiety Triggers
Many people with anxiety disorders also tend to experience suicide ideation. This can get even stronger if you often experience panic attacks or overwhelming anxiety. Although you may not be able to prevent every instance of a panic attack, if you are cognizant of your triggers, you may be able to control your response to some degree. Anxiety triggers might be as mundane as daily traffic on a particular route to work or could stem from an unhealthy and toxic relationship. Look under all the proverbial rocks, and make changes to your life and home that minimize exposure to stress and unpleasant situations. Simple changes like decluttering and adding indoor plants to your home can help reduce stress.
Your Decisions are Your Control
Your life is made up of the decisions you make each day. Make choices that put you in control, and you may better cope with issues that bring you down. Remember, small changes can add significant mental and physical health results. And if you are experiencing suicidal thoughts, please seek help immediately by dialing 988 or visiting Talk Suicide. There is only one you, and the world would not be the same without you.
Anton Leadership Psychology encourages you to seek professional help if you are experiencing suicidal thoughts. When you regain your footing and are ready to push yourself into positive discipline and leadership growth, we are here to help.