[NOTE: if you experienced a traumatic event in life, served in the military or are a first-responder and are experiencing what is SUSPECTED TO BE PTSD, please, PLEASE see a qualified doctor to discuss treatment options. The following Nugget is intended as information only, and is intended for those people who have NOT experienced a major traumatic, life-disrupting event, but are having trouble coping with their current circumstances that have recently arisen in the NORMAL COURSE of performing their daily routines and interactions.]
I repeatedly come across medical professionals, MD’s and psychologists who offer many tactics for coping with non-PTSD related/caused depression and anxiety. I will summarize what I consider to be the most useful of those suggestions.
Before I do, let’s make it perfectly clear that EVERY HUMAN experiences bouts of depression and anxiety. Unfortunately, some people experience extreme forms of depression or anxiety, in particular military personnel who have seen combat and first-responders who have been involved in emergencies. For military personnel and 1st-responders who are having trouble coping with their depression and anxiety, I urge you to seek qualified medical attention right away. Your doctor will offer effective treatment options. There is no need to try to tough it out, or to suffer. EVERYBODY has phases of depression and anxiety. BUT IF those phases are DEBILITATING, if you are not able to cope with your desired daily routines, and thus are dysfunctional because of it, you MUST SEEK HELP from a qualified medical professional.
The following tips may be helpful to reducing the intensity of some people’s “normal” levels of depression and anxiety.
Let’s start with 3 ass-kicking techniques to help EASE THE STOMACH CHURNING FEELINGS: WEB.
- Walk your ass off!
- Exercise your ass off!
- Breathe your ass off!
Walking ought to be brisk, vigorous, and particularly OUTDOORS. Walking your hallway or around a room won’t do it. You have to be outdoors. If possible, walk among trees, the more trees the better. In daytime, those trees pump out huge amounts of OXYGEN, and the body and mind love it.
Next, take on some resistance exercises for your larger muscle masses: quads, chest, back, etc. You don’t need a gym membership or expensive weight training equipment. You can do push ups, squats, ab crunches chin ups, etc.
The last of the WEB constituents: breathe. Any kind of forced breathing will be beneficial. You can do rapid, short breathing like Pranic breathing or controlled breathing in a manner such as Tummo, or slow, calculated, meditative breathing.
Here are a few more tips for most mild forms of depression and anxiety. For that, I offer the 5-S list:
- Shower yourself with positives. Those positive affirmations that motivational gurus tell people to recite over and over are okay, but a change to a more positive environment, positive stimuli, enjoying the company of more positive-thinking people, etc., may be more helpful.
- Source it. Every bout of depression and every bout of anxiety has at its roots some influence AND some triggers. It is YOUR JOB to dig deeply enough to become fully cognizant of the triggers or causes. If you can’t address those causes by yourself, get some friendly help. PTSD, depression and anxiety have been so widely publicized that they no longer are viewed as monsters from some other planet.
- Shaping the future? Too many people try to control what happens before it ever happens. People try to master their fears by trying to think of 100% of every eventually. That is something that can never be accomplished. Plan and prepare for the highest-probability eventualities, but allow life to happen. YOU CAN’T CONTROL EVERYTHING.
- Stay in your “lane”. Stop trying to control other people! Stop trying to change other people! […unless, of course, you are parenting and trying to keep your kid on the straight-and-narrow.] Doing someone else’s job, or interfering with their tactics, strategies, plans, is often a source of friction that triggers depression and anxiety.
- Sucking up. Stop sucking up to everyone around you. Work hard at being yourself. But don’t be stubborn. If you are fortunate enough to have doctors or friends who provide valuable advice that has proven effective with others, then, do carefully consider that advice. But you can’t please everybody. Trying to please everybody is another common trigger for depression and anxiety known as FEAR OF LOSING APPROVAL FROM OTHERS.
I leave you with this one final thought. People fail. People can’t cope with everything and you can’t do it by yourself. Make your depression and anxiety known to others. Don’t try to hide it. It has the potential to spiral out of control and ruin the lives of those you respect and love, if you are dishonest by hiding it from them. Let them know that YOU need THEM. Most important of all: COMMUNICATE and ASK FOR HELP.
WARNING: these tips are for information purposes only. If you are having trouble coping with your PTSD, depression or anxiety, you must seek professional advice. If you are already on a therapy protocol designed by your doctor, do not make any changes to that program including, but not restricted to: medications, lifestyle, supplements or foods.