Most people who suffer from anxiety will also suffer from alternating bouts of anxiety and depression. This may also lead to feelings of worthlessness or self-pity Depression usually occurs because feelings of anxiety will wear us down and wreck our emotions. We also seem to think that we have nothing to look forward to and that there is no way out. I once went through the terrible cycle of alternating bouts of anxiety and depression, I thought it would never end and felt as if there was no way out.
Luckily I came to understand that, if I was ever to recover from this seemingly endless cycle of alternating bouts of anxiety and depression, if I felt depressed than I felt depressed. I had to realize that I could not have these feelings of self pity if I were ever to recover. The best way I have found to relieve the depression part of the cycle is to just keep telling yourself that the way you feel is only temporary and it will go away soon. Try some new things into your day and don’t let your feelings dominate you entire day. I began to learn to ski and started swimming again at the community pool to help me get out of my moodiness. This proved to be extremely beneficial and helped me to focus on something else besides my self-pity. Going outside, being a part of nature, having a natural diet, can all help relieve the effects of feeling down in the dumps. Start getting active; go outside for a walk, a swim, a jog, any daily exercise is better than sitting home feeling sorry for yourself. Exercise has been proven to cause the body to release mood lifting endorphins and will also burn off all the stress that can build up during the day. What better way to stop the alternating bouts of anxiety and depression.
The way you think is probably the most important weapon in your arsenal to stop the alternating bouts of anxiety and depression. Most people think negatively and this is understandable when they feel as they do, but it is counterproductive. If you develop the habit of negative thinking it will only make you feel worse and make it very difficult to recover. Beware of all the negative thinking, don’t say “I just want to disappear”, say instead, “I feel lousy now, but I will make the changes and come through this”. Instead of saying, “I have no future and I hate myself” say instead, “life is what I make it, and I will do what I need to and get through this”. There are lots of things that you can say to yourself; most important is to see the good things instead of the bad. Do not wallow in self-pity, in time you will start to slowly come around and become stronger and more self-reliant.
It was hard but I came through the seemingly unending cycle of alternating bouts of anxiety and depression and so can you. I think that I came through it as a better person than I was, I seem to be more self confident and positive and tend to see more good that negative in my life. You must remember; you are not alone, tens of millions of North Americans suffer from alternating bouts of anxiety and depression. They have found and so can you. Help is available for you right in the comfort of your own home. There are programs available on the Internet to help you get started and keep you motivated. If you have learned anything today, let it be that self-pity is probably the most useless and damaging thing you can do to yourself if you suffer from alternating bouts of anxiety and depression.