Friday, May 11, 2012
I have been talking with a family member. She is depressed with life. She is going through a divorce and having job troubles. I have been in the same position. Well no, I have never been divorced. However, I have had job troubles, teenagers who caused a lot of emotional upheaval...blah blah blah! I am a Christian. I always have a hand to lead me. Other may not have the same belief.
Some of the negative thoughts that we pay attention to are related to worrying about the future or resenting the past. I have found that there is absolutely no benefit of worry. It will not change the outcome of the future or change the past.
My success with worry and anxiety is exercise. This is the advice I gave. Will she follow through with my advice? I am not certain. There is evidence that exercise does help. Physical activity is one of the best ways to dispel anxiety because it balances hormone levels. According to a study people who exercise 30 to 60 minutes experience a similar level of anxiety relief as people taking anti-anxiety medications who don't exercise. This is great advice because I certainly do not need to take anymore meds.
Go down to the beach before the tide comes in,
And write your worries on the sand.
Then watch the ocean come in and wash them away.