“There comes a time in your life, when you walk away from all the drama and the people who create it. You surround yourself with people who make you laugh. Forget the bad, and focus on the good. Love the people who treat you right, pray for the ones who don’t. Life is too short to be anything but happy. Falling down is a part of life, getting back up is living.” Anon.
Stress leads to anxiety, leads to panic attacks, and eventually can become depression. They can also all live together in degrees.
The final act is suicide; so, this page suggests some indispensable tools.
When you feel the pressure of too much, take some simple steps.
- Count to 10 slowly.
- Exhale completely, then inhale deeply.
- Distract yourself from the situation that is getting to you (pull over and stop the car for awhile), or read, watch or go to a movie, walk up-and-down stairs, walk outside, call a friend or sponsor, listen to music, take a shower, fix a nutritious meal, exercise, stretch, clean, do anything legal and healthy to distract yourself from the source of the frustration. Remember, “If you’re in there alone, you’re in there with a crazy person!” We need others.
- Couple a 12-step program and sponsor with cognitive-behavioral therapy, perhaps a church affiliation, and time with terrific friends.
- Anti-depressants can be terribly dangerous. Small amounts coupled with therapy–with the intention of cutting back to zero–is the best goal. Read Prozac Backlash, and be informed!! (This book addresses all anti-depressants.)
- I learned a lot from Lucinda Bassett’s/Mid-West Center cassettes and CDs in the car.
- Cool baths for calming.
This page is under construction. Please come back…meanwhile this is a good start.