I know many of my personal Facebook and AL friends and family suffer from anxiety and depression. I did too for many years along with a sometimes vague and other times intense anger at how things were in my life. I have mostly overcome these issues and would like to share with you all how I did that.
First I have accepted that there is a Higher Power out there in the universe. Call it God if you will but I really don't care what you call it. I discovered through reading many different texts and talking to many spiritual leaders of many faiths that the world I see around me could not have come into existence by mere accident. This adds meaning and substance to life and gives me a starting point to stay grounded.
Second when anxiety or depression comes creeping in I have to address them immediately. These feelings are like those friends you used to get into trouble with in high school. You know who I am talking about. You didn't really like them but they exerted a pull on you and dragged you into their personal mayhem. So you stopped hanging with them and life got easier and better. Still they had a way of trying to come back into your life "Come on! Let's hang! Nothing bad will happen this time!" Yeah right! So put anxiety and depression in it's proper place and keep it there. Don't forget what it's taught you but don't volunteer to go back there.
Third understand that anxiety, depression, anger etc..... are just feelings also known as natural human emotions. Feelings are never right or wrong they simply are! Negative feelings occur in the same fashion as positive feelings like love, joy and satisfaction. They come and go like clouds in the sky. So understand that these are not permanent situations. Ask your self why you are feeling this way at this time. What is happening physiologically inside you. I like to use the HALT test which stands for Hungry, Angry, Lonely and Tired. So when an undesirable feeling hits I ask myself which of those 4 things is happening right now and what do I need to do to fix that. So I eat, forgive, seek company or rest.
Fourth I seek to recognize and celebrate the ability to feel happy. Am I going to feel happy all the time? Of course not - But when that feeling comes over me I need to grab on for as long as it lasts.
Last I try to never give in for too long to anger and resentment because these things are poison to the soul. A very wise man once said "If you give yourself over to anger and resentment you shut yourself off from the sunlight of the soul." Forgiveness is not something you do for the person who has harmed you. It is something you do for yourself. It frees you from the weight of anger and allows space for peace and happiness to enter. When you find this place of peace and happiness you are better able to weather the storm clouds of anxiety and depression
Be at peace my friends
Thank you for sharing your inspirational thoughts! I agree completely that we can let ourselves get easily bogged down in those negative feelings, especially anger and resentment. You are sooo correct (and the wise man also) that we need to forgive others in order to free ourselves. It is also easy to feel anxious and depressed when we only focus on ourself (life is not fair, how come I didn't get that etc.); when you purposefully try to help others, put others first etc., that is also freeing because only then do you fully understand and accept that "it not all about me", there is much much more. I do believe in God and so realize that this universe did not just happen by accident, big bang etc. God created the world and we are all so small in it, but it doesn't end there, we will live on in a better place (if that is your belief) and that is what grounds me. Thanks for your thoughts and you be at peace too!