Bravely Step Through Depression and Anxiety

Stepping through depression and anxiety takes bravery. Often it is a quiet courage that many do not see. Affirmations are one simple way to bravely step through depression and anxiety. For myself personally, whenever negative thoughts come up, I look for a positive affirmation to “reframe” them. I know what you’re more than likely thinking, “what’s the use of saying these if they’re not true. I feel like a fake saying them.” I can relate to this, because far too many times I have thought the same thing. With anything, it takes practice. Believe me, over time it becomes like second nature, and there are times you need a gentle reminder.

 

What are Negative Thoughts that Bombard a Depressed Mind?

One of the symptoms of depression is to be bombarded with negative thoughts and emotions. All too often statements such as these are what may fill your thoughts:

• I will never feel better.
• I feel desperate and helpless.
• I am pathetic and weak.

With anxiety negative thoughts are sometimes slightly different:

• I feel like I’m dying.
• I am frozen with fear and panic.
• I want this to end NOW.
 

Bravely Step Through Depression and Anxiety by Reframing

Depression:
I will never feel better
REFRAME: I am taking the baby steps I need for my healing.
 
I feel desperate and helpless.
REFRAME: I am resilient and hope filled.
 
I am pathetic and weak.
REFRAME: I am becoming resilient accepting vulnerable and empowered (brave).
 
Anxiety:
I feel like I’m dying.
REFRAME: I am safe and this too shall pass.
 
I am frozen with fear and panic.
REFRAME: I am bravely aware, and accept that this too shall pass.
 
I want this to end NOW.
REFRAME: I am accepting of this moment with love and grace, this too shall pass.
 

You will notice with each of the anxiety reframes, I have used the statement “this too shall pass”. It’s important to remember that an anxiety attack doesn’t last forever, even though it feels like it in the moment. It will pass, and each time it does, you have bravely gotten through.

With both depression and anxiety, it is so important not to discard or fight the emotions and/or thoughts that come up. Personally, I don’t believe there are any negative or positive emotions – they are all emotions, we are human beings designed to feel. The negative and positive; which I prefer to recognize as healthy and unhealthy, depends on how we choose to respond.

Beginning with simple “reframe” affirmations is one way to bravely step through depression and anxiety with baby steps.

You are loved. You are not alone.

 

My Mental Health Day Thanks:

Lee Horbachewski, SimpLee Serene; Speaker and Advocate
http://simpleeserene.com/
 

 For help finding treatment, support groups, medication information, help paying for your medications, contact Mental Health Association of Montgomery County at 301-424-0656. If you or someone you know is in crisis now, seek help immediately. Call 1-800-273-TALK (8255) to reach a 24 hour crisis center or dial 911 for immediate assistance.

2 Responses to “Bravely Step Through Depression and Anxiety”

  1. Lisa Grenier says:

    Thank you for this simple, helpful article. It made me understand & accept my feelings… as well as gave me something to hold on to.

  2. Lauren says:

    Thank You, Lisa, for sharing your thoughts with us. I work at MHA and help to run this project. We are always glad to get feedback, but especially in this case where it is so meaningful. This Thanksgiving weekend, I’m thankful that you shared your thoughts with us. I just know that your post will bring added meaning to the important message in the blog.

    The resources we list are real and always ready to listen and help, if you or anyone else needs them.

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