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By: Stan Popovich
Are you a music artist or celebrity that privately struggles with stress and anxiety on a regular basis?
Do you know someone who is also struggling with their mental health but do not know how to help them?
Here is a brief summary of what you can do to overcome the cycle of fear and anxiety in your life.
- Get advice from the professionals:The first thing you can do is to admit you have a problem and then make an effort to talk to a professional counselor since they know how to deal with fear and anxiety. By talking to a professional, a person will be helping themselves in the long run because they will become better able to deal with stress and anxiety in their life.
- Learn how to manage your fearful thoughts:The key in getting the edge off of your anxieties is by managing your fearful thinking. Whenever you get a negative and fearful thought, challenge that thought with positive statements and realistic thinking. In addition, make it a habit to focus on the facts of your current situation and not on your negative thinking.
- Take deep breaths: A person should take some deep breaths to help feel better and to get rid of some of the excessive fear and anxiety. There are many kinds of breathing exercises a person can learn to follow with the help of a mental health counselor. Taking some deep breaths can help a person relax right away.
- Read some positive affirmations: Another technique that is very helpful is to have a small notebook of positive statements that makes 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, open up your small notebook and read those statement.
- Do not predict the future:There are always factors and circumstances that you cannot predict or anticipate that could make a difference in your stressful and fearful situations. A person may be 99% correct in predicting the future, but all it takes is that 1% to make a difference. The key is to focus on the present and not dwell on what may or may not happen.
- Take a break: It is important to pace yourself and take a break when you start to get overwhelmed with fear and anxiety. A person could get some fresh air, listen to some music, take a brisk walk, read the newspaper, or do something relaxing that will give them a fresh perspective on things.
- Join a local mental health support group:There are many mental health awareness support groups in your area. Many hospitals, churches, and counselors in your area will be able to provide you with a list of these organizations. These groups will be aware of your situation and can give you additional advice regarding your problems.
- You are not alone: It can be very frustrating to manage your fear related issues when the people you know are on your case. There are millions of people around the world who struggle with their fears, anxieties, and depression. The key is to find those people who can relate to you through various resources in your area.
- Do not try to please everybody:It is important that you prioritize your mental health in regards to your career and personal life. Do not get into arguments with those who are stressing you out. It is not your job to worry about how others may view your circumstances. Your mental health is more important than what other people may think.
Stan Popovich is the author of the popular managing fear book, “A Layman’s Guide to Managing Fear”. For more information about Stan’s book and to get some more free mental health advice, please visit Stan’s website at http://www.managingfear.com