Anxiety and Depression

I have found that the easiest and most helpful way to understand “Anxiety and Depression” is to imagine them on opposite ends of a continuum. Title the continuum “energy states.” As our energy state gets too low, we move closer and closer towards depressive states. At the same time, as our energy state gets too high, we move closer and closer toward anxiety states. The most practical therapeutic response is to take matters into your own hands.

For right now, your problem is this uncomfortable “energy state,” of anxiety or depression. Forget about the situation that caused you to feel this way. Focus on where you are on this continuum.

Right now, let’s say you’re in an over-excited state of anxiety. What should you do? Close your eyes and practice responsibly “deep breathing.” Practice meditation if you know how to do so. Aim to reduce stimulation and quiet your mind. Make sense? When you find yourself on the other end of this continuum, simply practice an activity that will move your energy in the preferred direction. Psychologically, this is referred to as “self-regulation.”


Author: calgarypsychologists

As an Executive coach and licensed Psychologist, I assist professionals, individual entrepreneurs, and corporate clients with interests and challenges related to personal and professional development. Posts reflect client concerns and actions. You don't need to be an executive to secure coaching for yourself, but you should have a degree of ambition. Strategizing on how your career or life might improve and move forward takes time for reflection, either on your own or through dialogue. Opportunity is required to reflect well upon new and detailed information regarding your strengths and weaknesses. Sound consideration leads to a strategy that produces informed action, which precedes success. Wear your strengths like a badge of honor & be cautious of areas you may tend to error in.

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