- State as clearly as possible in a positive manner what it is that you want to create in your life. Examples:
- I want to help others
- I want to use the gifts God has given me
- I want to feel confident and fully express who I am and feel good about it
- I want to love myself and others
- I want to have a meaningful understanding and relationship with God
- Want to feel connected and accepted by others as I am
- I want to feel great the way I am without having to be perfect or live up to an expectation
- I want to be loved by a companion and share your life with him/her
- I want to create community- a closer network of people, who otherwise would feel isolated like me. Reaching out to those who are lonely
- I want to have a self-help support team.
- Be clear why you want this and how your life will be different once you achieve this goal.
- Helping others will leave me feeling satisfied, like I’m making a difference in the world
- It will in turn make me feel better about myself.
- Understand what you have going for you to help you achieve this goal. (make a list of your positive qualities)
- Understand the challenges that exist (identify them, be aware, but don’t worry)
- Be especially aware of the negative self-talk that sabotages and undermines your attempts to succeed.
- Be clear about what you need to achieve this goal in terms of skills, resources, support systems, etc.
- List the 3-5 major actions that you need to take to start moving toward this goal.
- Think of ways to care for yourself as you work to achieve your goal.
- Stay focused on what you want to create, not on the difficulties you might be having.
- Be easy on yourself! Have fun! Enjoy the journey!
How Do Celebrities Cope Up With Anxiety Disorder?
Every year almost 40 million Americans are affected by anxiety disorders like OCD, phobias, social anxiety, among others. Celebrities are just as likely of candidates for such disorders, as well. Below are some biographical details about some famous celebrities who have been inflicted with the anxiety disorders over time and how they coped with it. The purpose of sharing this public information is to demonstrate to the millions of others coping with anxiety that people can live successful, meaningful lives with anxiety disorder and it should not stop anyone from pursuing their dreams.
Bipolar disorder has been called the creative curse and many celebrities and public officials with this condition live productive, meaningful lives, while contributing to society in significant ways. We are also starting to recognize its symptoms amongst many artistic geniuses from the past, such as Vincent Van Gogh, Virginia Woolf and Marilyn Monroe. Formerly known as manic depression, bipolar disorder is characterized by violent mood swings between a high-energy manic phase and a low-energy, lethargic depressed state. A portion of sufferers of general depression tend to have the bipolar component as well.
First of all, you can’t eat your way out of feeling bad. To approach depression with that mindset would only make it worse, as it can begin an eating problem- eating for comfort, rather than for nutrition. Plus it avoids the real root of the depression problem- which is likely some unexpressed emotions that need to be processed. It can also be hurt from feeling unloved or disconnected, or feeling a lack of direction or purpose in life. This may only be solved through a process of self-discovery, discussion with others, ideally, someone you feel close to, or a counselor/mentor you find. If this describes you, take comfort, because simply acknowledging it is the start of recovery. Many people are not that far and continue to deny it and deny themselves.
Depression is a commonly diagnosed mood disorder, and affects people worldwide, regardless of location, culture, income, race, gender, or age. The feelings of depression are very common and transcends all demographics. Depression in the United States alone affects 17.6 million Americans each year or 1 in 6 people. Depression is expected to become the second leading cause of disability worldwide in the next twenty years.
Recovering from Depression: Plan for Freedom, Peace, and Joy
Step 1 – Awareness
- Down moods can distort reality; we can tell ourselves things that seem true at the time, but actually are not true. Our self talk is convincing and believable, but needs to be examined carefully.
- Tools for reducing negative talk:
- Keep a small notepad with you and write down when you have negative thoughts, fully documenting what they are, and what triggered it. After doing this, it will become apparent that there’s not an unlimited amount of negative thoughts, but they tend to be the same ones just packaged differently each time. It can trim it down from seeming overwhelming to a few manageable issues.
- Go through each thought/issue on your list and cross-examine that thought/belief: