Managing Your Persistent Fears, Anxieties, and Stresses

by Stanley Popovich, Contributor to Psychotherapy on

Everybody experiencesanxiety and depression in some form, however some people have a difficult time managing it. Here is a brief list of techniques that a person can use to help manage their most persistent fears and everyday anxieties.

When facing a current or upcoming task that overwhelms you with a lot of anxiety, the first thing you can do is 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 her mind off of the problem. A person could get some fresh air, listen to some music, or do an activity that will give him a fresh perspective on things.

People should visualize a red stop sign in their minds when they encounter a fear-provoking thought. When the negative thought comes, people should think of a red stop sign that 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 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 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 insights on how to deal with your current problem. By talking to a professional, a person will be helping themselves 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 our persistent fears 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 a long way in fixing your problems.

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Elisa F.
Elisa F3 years ago

I appreciate the article. Thanks for posting.

Dale Overall

Interesting and while some avoid talking to a therapist or councillor when facing problems such as the effects of childhood sexual abuse it always helps in the long run to reach out and talk to someone. Men often have a more difficult time with this step than woman and there are agencies which offer counselling for free such as The United Way which sponsors various agencies.

If a task is overwhelming it certainly does help to just tackle a small portion of it at one time and not feel that it is impossible to to everything all at one and in the same day.

Sheri P.
Sheri P5 years ago

positive statements that make me feel good...hmmm. gotta think on that. thanks for the tips.

Carol P.
Carol P5 years ago

Most of these require you to know or expect a future anxiety will occur. I think most people are hit the hardest by those that they never see coming.

Susan S.
Paul Stephan5 years ago

Thank you.

Lin Moy
Lin M5 years ago

Sometimes these will not help, what then??
The best advice I ever got was from a student councler who wrote on a piece of tape, put it on my wrist. When I read that, it said : I can choose : It gave me more confidence than anything I'd ever been told. For years I redid that tape and had it always on handle of my purse cause going out was my stresser.

Carmen S.
Carmen S5 years ago

Thanks for sharing this, great reminders here, and so many people are under a lot of stress right now.

Kathy K.
Kathy K5 years ago


Bonnie M.
Bonnie M5 years ago

Thank you for posting this. There is always something to be grateful for at the end and the start of each noew day. Use the resources available to you- no one needs to be a martyr.