By: Stan Popovich
As a person who struggled with fear and anxiety for over 20 years, the one thing I learned was that ignoring your mental health issues can be a very costly mistake in your life.
Making excuses and not getting help for your anxieties and depression will only makes things worse for you.
As a result, this is what I did when I started to realize that my mental health problems were starting to interfere with my life.
- Know the warning signs: When I first started dealing with my fears and anxieties, I thought that it was just a phase and that it would go away. I was wrong. My fears and anxieties would come and go on a regular basis and it started to be a major factor in my life. I knew that something was wrong and that I had to do something.
- Do not make the mistake of doing nothing: I knew of some of my friends and colleagues who had similar issues with fear, anxiety, and depression who didn’t get any help. As a result, some of these people could not hold down a job and they became very distant and unresponsive. I decided that I needed to find a way to manage my fears and anxieties and to get my life back on track.
- Get some professional advice from a counselor: My first step was to talk to a mental health counselor, and I would always take notes on what I learned from each session I went to. In addition, I read many books and I learned what worked, what didn’t work, and what I needed to do to improve my situation. I realized that the more I learned the easier things got for me.
- I did not make excuses: With a lot of practice, I became very good at dealing with my fears and anxieties. I realized that the answers to my problems were out there, however it was up to me to find those techniques that would get rid of my fears and anxieties. Making excuses would not improve on my situation.
- I was persistent: There were times I felt like giving up because my fears and anxieties were so powerful and I didn’t know what to do. I worried about what would happen and that just made my fears that much stronger. During those times, I made it a point to learn from my experiences so that I would be better able to handle these situations in the future.
- Your situation is not hopeless: There are many mental health support groups in your area that can help get your life back on track. The people at these groups are willing to help you, but you must be willing to make the choice of getting better.
- Do not wait until it is too late: I read stories of people who ended their life because they didn’t get the help they needed to manage their mental health issues. Do not make excuses and do not let fear stop you from getting assistance. Every problem has a solution. You just have to make the effort to find the answers.
Stan Popovich is the author of the popular managing fear book, “A Layman’s Guide To Managing Fear”. For more information about Stan’s book and to get some free mental health advice, please visit Stan’s website at http://www.managingfear.com