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Reclaiming Happiness: A Guide to Managing Anxiety and Depression

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Anxiety and depression often co-exist, filling a person with negativity. At some point, these two things affect almost everyone alive, manifesting uniquely in each person. The level of depression and anxiety varies for everyone, but even when they seem to get out of control, there are several ways to manage both.

According to a report by WHO, there has been a 25% increase in the prevalence of depression and anxiety around the world after the COVID-19 pandemic. If you are someone whose daily productivity and happiness levels have gone down, you may need to do something about these disorders. In this article, we’ll discuss how to manage anxiety and depression for a peaceful, happy life.

Tips to Confront Anxiety & Depression

For those who suffer from these disorders, especially youths and seniors, it can be hard to cope. If you are finding it a challenge, individual therapy may be the right choice for you. For those who plan to tackle anxiety and depression on their own, here are some tips to help you win this battle.

Practice Relaxation & Mindfulness Techniques

Techniques such as mindfulness meditation, deep breathing, muscle relaxation, exercise, and yoga can help you relax and keep calm. These techniques promote relaxation and will reduce stress and anxiety levels for you.

When you engage in these activities, your mind calms down, allowing you to focus on positive things instead of getting immersed in negative and stressful thoughts.

By Physically Active & Stay Healthy

Staying active physically and regularly doing exercises has proven to improve the individuals’ mood and significantly reduce the effects of depression and anxiety.

Some people are anxious about their bodies and how they appear. Staying fit ensures you have a healthy body and look great, reducing your anxiety levels. Try to exercise and work out for at least 30 minutes every day. Activities can include jogging, running, going to the gym, playing a sport, swimming, or any physical exercise.

Establish a Support System

Always keep in mind that everybody deals with anxiety and depression at some point in their lives, and that your close friends and family are there to assist you during these difficult times. Spend time with your family and friends and establish close connections.

You can also opt for individual counseling to discuss your issues with a therapist and help guide you through your depression. Moreover, consider joining a support group, where you’ll be surrounded by people facing similar issues as you to help each other fight your anxiety and depression.

Reduce Stress & Negativity

Try to identify the things that lead to stress in your life and cause you anxiety and depression. Take the necessary steps to reduce or eliminate these stressors entirely from your life, wherever possible. Prioritize necessary tasks and proper time management to ensure you are not overwhelmed.

This simple habit enables you to do your daily tasks on time and not feel stressed. Also, identify all the sources that lead to negativity and harmful thoughts. It’s best to avoid negative thinking as much as possible.

Identify & Challenge Negative Thoughts

You may have certain negative thoughts and mind patterns that lead to you getting depressed and stressed. Whenever you feel negative, try talking to people close to you or doing things you enjoy.

If you don’t take the necessary action at the right time, negative thoughts can start to cloud your mind, and you’ll get anxious quickly. Whenever negativity starts taking over your mind and thoughts, it’s recommended to think about the realistic, positive things in your life,

Be Kind & Patient Towards Yourself

Recovering from mental health disorders like anxiety and depression is not an instant process and will take time. Also, it is common to face setbacks during the recovery process. You should never let the disappointments drag you down or hinder the progress you’ve made with your treatment.

Trust your individual therapy process and follow the instructions given by your therapist. As you work towards improving your mental health, remember always to be compassionate and patient towards yourself. Slowly but surely, you’ll be able to defeat your depression and anxiety issues.

Don’t Drink Alcohol or Consume Drugs

Many people turn to drugs and alcohol to cope with depression and anxiety. Substances are never the solution and can bring more trouble into your life in addition to the stress and anxiety you are already facing.

If you think you may need medication to tackle your symptoms and the effects of anxiety and depression, discuss it with your doctor or psychiatrist. Never consider using alcohol or drugs to reduce stress and negativity in your life.


Life can get really stressful and overwhelming when you are dealing with depression and anxiety. If you are affected by these conditions, consider following the strategies and tips mentioned above.

Individual counseling is an effective option for help and assistance dealing with anxiety and depression. Focus on the positive things in life, stay healthy, surround yourself with loved ones, and you’ll feel better able to cope and have a more satisfying life.

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About the Author: Jon is a dedicated mental health and experienced trauma therapist at Columbus Care Center. He has spent over a decade providing compassionate and effective individual therapy to those in need.

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