Managing Your Anxieties and PTSD

Guest post by Stan Popovich

Dealing with¬†anxiety and post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) can be very very difficult.¬†My¬†symptoms of anxiety included getting a lot of fearful thoughts, fear of failure, and fear of not making it in general.¬†¬†I wrote my book¬†”A Layman’s Guide to Managing Fear Using Psychology, Christianity and Non Resistant Methods”¬†because¬†I wanted to keep track of what techniques worked and which ones didn’t work in a small book where I could review them whenever I needed to.¬†Since implementing these techniques my experience of anxiety has changed. My anxiety levels have decreased and when I get new fears they are not as strong since I know how to deal with these fears. ¬†Here is a brief list of techniques that a person can use to help manage their every day stress, anxieties, and¬†PTSD.

When facing a current or upcoming task that overwhelms you with a lot of anxiety, the first thing you can do is to divide the task into a series of smaller steps. Completing these smaller tasks one at a time will make the stress more manageable and increase your chances of success.

Sometimes we get stressed out when everything happens all at once. When this happens, a person should take a deep breath and try to find something to do for a few minutes to get their mind off of the problem.  A person could get some fresh air, listen to some music, or do an activity that will give them a fresh perspective on things.

A person should visualize a red stop sign in their mind when they encounter a fear provoking thought. When the negative thought comes, the red stop sign serves as a reminder to stop focusing on that thought and to think of something else. A person can then try to think of something positive to replace the negative thought.

Another technique that is very helpful is to have a small notebook of positive statements that make you feel good. Whenever you come across an affirmation that makes you feel good, write it down in a small notebook that you can carry around with you in your pocket. Whenever you feel depressed or frustrated, open up your small notebook and read those statements. This will help to manage your negative thinking.

Learn to take it one day at a time. Instead of worrying about how you will get through the rest of the week, try to focus on today. Each day can provide us with different opportunities to learn new things and that includes learning how to deal with your problems. You never know when the answers you are looking for will come to your doorstep. We may be ninety-nine percent correct in predicting the future, but all it takes is for that one percent to make a world of difference.

Take advantage of the help that is available around you. If possible, talk to a professional who can help you manage your depression and anxieties. They will be able to provide you with additional advice and insight on how to deal with your current problem.  By talking to a professional, a person will be helping themself in the long run because they will become better able to deal with their problems in the future.  Remember that it never hurts to ask for help.

Dealing with your anxieties and PTSD is not easy.  Remember that all you can do is to do your best each day, hope for the best, and take things in stride. Patience, persistence, education, and being committed in trying to solve your problem will go along way in fixing your problems.

Stan Popovich is the author of “A Layman’s Guide to Managing Fear Using Psychology, Christianity and Non Resistant Methods” – an easy to read book that presents a general overview of techniques that are effective in managing persistent fears and anxieties. For additional information go to:¬†http://www.managingfear.com/

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