A proactive approach to reduce & manage anxiety & depression includes learning how to cope with uncertainty.
It helps maintain good mental health. It also helps to reduce & manage anxiety & depression.
When a person thinks about ‘bad’ things all the time, they become stressed which can cause anxiety. In other words, the more often a person feels stressed, the more anxious he feel.
Research shows that anxiety can lead to depression. Constant worrying affects how a person feels. The more preoccupied a person is with worry the less pleasurable life becomes.
Uncertainty is part and parcel of life. Humans have a tendancy to want to predict the future to feel safe in the present. This is so they can be prepared. As the saying goes: “Forewarned is fore-armed.”
Clients often say “If I expect the worst, I won’t be disappointed.” In some situations this may be true, but constantly focusing on ‘the worst possible scenario’ creates stress. It reduces a person’s ability to cope and can lead to anxiety and depression.
A proactive approach to reduce & manage anxiety and depression, involves learning to respond to uncertainty differently. This means learning to take a ‘see what happens’approach. This is not as difficult as you may imagine. The first step is to become more aware of the way you think.
Awareness is an essential part of a proactive approach to reduce & manage anxiety & depression.
Therapy focuses on helping a person develop the necessary awareness. It can strengthen existing coping skills and develop new ones. Psychologists help develop greater awareness of their unique ‘habits of the mind’. The goal is to have better understanding and control of one’s thinking. This helps a person cope and manage anxiety & depression.
( Based on and inspired by a presentation by Dr Danielle Einstein, Clinical Psychologist and Researcher at The Centre for Emotional Health at Macquarie University.)