Overcoming Anxiety and Depression
With January comes a clean slate. After the exhilaration and stress of the holiday crunch, many of us level with the change of calendar. What does the New Year hold? What will you make of it? What will you challenge yourself with, and what will you finally tackle? For some of us, stepping away from the exuberance and excess of December can help us better see the work that lies ahead. If you’re struggling under the burden of anxiety or depression, this New Year may be the ideal time to reach out for the help you need.
Depression can make you feel overwhelmed with feelings of sadness, loneliness, and anger. Symptoms can include:
- Feeling sad, empty or hopeless most of the day nearly every day
- Lack of motivation
- Feelings of guilt over an inability to fulfill expectations
- Lack of energy, overwhelming fatigue, but difficulty in falling or staying asleep
- Increased irritability and temper outbursts
- Difficulty focusing or concentrating
When and if symptoms persist for longer than two weeks, it’s time to consider taking action and getting help.
Generalized anxiety can affect your ability to function and leave you feeling trapped in negative thought patterns. Symptoms can include:
- Frequent worry or a constant feeling of concern
- Difficulty controlling or tempering your worry
- Difficulty falling or staying asleep
- Increased irritability, restlessness, and muscle tension
Again, when and if symptoms persist for longer than two weeks, it’s time to consider reaching out to find help and relief.
Anyone can suffer from anxiety and depression, from children through teenagers and adults. Those with a family history of either disorder, those who have experienced a recent trauma or loss, and those struggling under burdens of caregiving are especially at risk.
First steps to overcome Anxiety and Depression
There are ways to overcome anxiety and depression to find greater purpose, joy, and fulfillment in life. Resolving to take action will help you live a life that inspires and energizes you. In addition to considering therapy, you might also incorporate some of these suggestions into your quest for a new you in the new year:
- Regular exercise releases endorphins, which are natural feel-good hormones. You’ll feel better about your body and clear your mind. Consider even three 30-minute walks per week, or choose a fitness class that interests you and fits into your schedule.
- Make time for you, especially if you’re a caregiver. Make a date with a friend, see a movie you’re excited about, or try a new experience.
- Make time to unwind at the end of the day. Sleep is so important to health—consciously unplug from electronics at least 30 minutes before bed, and develop a bedtime routine that helps you relax.
Seeking professional help
Both individual and group therapy help sufferers understand the root causes and triggers for anxiety and depression. You can resolve to move into the New Year towards a healthier, more positive, more productive you.
At Guada Psychological Services, I offer individual, group, and video therapy for adolescents and adults struggling with anxiety and depression, among other mental health conditions. My approach to therapy is tailored to each patient, and I carefully consider the full context of each patient’s life, so I can help him or her make positive change. As a PsyD, I am trained to see even the most serious cases. Through comprehensive education, deep experience, and enduring human compassion, I build rapport and lasting relationships with each and every one of my patients to provide relief and a brighter future.
To discuss how therapy might help, reach out for a short consultation at 847-797-4699.