Archive for November, 2010

21
Nov
10

managing fear and anxiety

For the next several weeks I am publishing 5 articles on my Blog by one of my past guest Stan Popovice.
I think you will find these extremely useful.

If you do please forward them to as many folks that you feel would benefit from them.

Here is a bit about Stan:

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. You can visit his web site at: http://www.managingfear.com/

MANAGING YOUR PERSISTENT FEARS, ANXIETIES, AND STRESSES

A REVIEW OF TECHNIQUES IN MANAGING DEPRESSION

MANAGING THE FEAR AND ANXIETY OF THE UNKNOWN

NEVER LOSE HOPE IN DEALING WITH YOUR FEARS AND ANXIETIES

WHEN SOMEONE YOU KNOW STRUGGLES WITH FEAR, ANXIETY AND STRESS
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This Week: MANAGING YOUR PERSISTENT FEARS, ANXIETIES, AND STRESSES

Everybody deals with anxiety and depression, however some people have a difficult time in managing it. As a result, here is a brief list of techniques that a person can use to help manage their most persistent fears and every day anxieties.

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 increases 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, a person 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 along way in fixing your problems.

I hope this weeks article will be helpful.
You may think these tools a tad silly, but have you tried them? remember “contemp prior to investigation”
Now go try these idea out. They may surprise you.

Serenity for You!
The monty’man
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17
Nov
10

Fighting Change

One thing certain is change. At times it feels like things are changing around me at a dizzying pace.
At the same time change seems so slow to happen inside me. There are many things I would like to see different inside but the change is either too painful, too difficult or too scary. There are habits I can’t seem to break. Change is hard to come by.

St. Paul said “For I have the desire to do what is good, but I cannot carry it out.”

Sometimes my response is one of denial. “Changes? I don’t see any need for changes. Everything’s fine!”

Denial is one way we get “stuck” in the past and become unable to cope with changes. The world changes and people around us change. But we get left behind because we have stuck our heads in the proverbial sand. It’s comfortable for awhile but it can become stifling. We have to come up for air, but that can be a difficult and anxiety producing process.

Our resistance to change creates fear and anger, even depression. We worry about change. We fight the inevitable. We desperately need someone we can trust to help us move out of the past into the future … without losing everything we hold dear.

When we begin to risk exploring a change, it’s as if we are starting all over again. Everything we have learned or achieved in the past seems to count for nothing in the future. We feel like we are “babes in the woods,” greenhorns, rookies, trainees, nobodies.

Part of the capacity to change comes by being committed to a group of people who are themselves involved in change. But they are not dependent on surviving change under their own power. Instead they are committed to someone who does not change … tied into someone so big our global and personal changes can be handled without threat or loss.

That someone for me is Jesus. Who is it for you?

“Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.”
[Hebrews 13:8]

What are some of the changes that have happened in the world that have made an impact on your life?

What would you like to see changed inside you?

Serenity for You! ~The Monty’man




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