There is no quick fix to depression, anxiety, relationship conflict, or trauma, and there is little you can do to completely isolate yourself from these challenges. But there are tools and strategies that can keep you resilient, so the impact is lessened.
As I explain in Beyond the Blue, you need to know how to prepare for these darker days, what to do when the storm arrives, and how to prevent yourself from getting blown over the cliff’s edge, plunging you from disturbance to crisis. To do this, you (and your loved ones) need to recognize the signs of depression, anxiety, and trauma. Without understanding what you are dealing with, it is hard to know what might help.
Once you understand that it is depression, anxiety, or trauma, you can learn how to use some of the survival tools that you are already carrying. In short, these are tools to help you regulate your emotions, challenge unhelpful thought patterns, and adjust your behavior as needed.
You also need to learn how to construct and maintain a shelter of resilience, and this is an ongoing process that takes time and energy.
Learn more about this by taking the first step Beyond the Blue of your depression, anxiety, relationship conflict, and trauma.
Chris Warren-Dickins LLB MA LPC
Psychotherapist, author of Beyond the Blue, and LGBTQ+ advocate