There are so many periods of anxiety and stress in life. Whether its financial problems, you’re trying to get a new business off the ground, or someone you love is struggling with health issues, the depression and anxiety can take their toll. You understand that it’s important to stay positive during this time, but you may not know how.

The Grateful Challenge
When you start feeling blue, take a moment to remember the good things in your life. For example, if you’re going through your own health challenges but your family is all around you, then focus on how lucky you are to be surrounded by people who love and care. This is most effective when you actually write down a list, and then you can look at it when the frustration and anxiety threatens to take over.

Make a List
There’s something very satisfying about crossing things off a to-do list. If your anxiety is stemming from feeling overwhelmed with all the tasks in your life, then start making a list of things to take care of. When you get something done, cross it out and take a moment to enjoy the satisfaction.

Ask for Help
Even the closest circle of friends may not be enough to help you overcome the mental and emotional challenges. If you feel like you’re continually sinking, then let a professional help you work through things. They are best equipped to help you get through tough times and can give you real insight on your outlook and self-worth. Professionals with a masters in nursing online can help you get your ducks in a row. You’ll feel better, and you may be able to come up with a definitive plan for keeping the anxiety away in the future.

Be Proud
When depression sinks in, it’s easy to succumb to the temptation to sit back and do nothing. If you’ve traded in your regular clothing for shapeless sweatpants and are starting to skimp on personal hygiene, then it’s time to take pride in your appearance again. The fact is that you do start to feel better when you look your best, so take the time every morning to get in the shower, brush your teeth, comb your hair and put on a decent outfit. You’ll find that it’s also easier to take proactive steps to improve your situation when you get back in a regular routine.

Sometimes, you just have to trust that things are going to be perfectly fine. If you’re religious, then let your faith carry you through this time. However, this can help you even if you aren’t particularly religious. Remind yourself that all things have a season. You see it around you every day of your life.

Situations continually change, emotions and tempers may subside and the difficult time you’re facing now will soon pass. Keeping a positive attitude is a conscience decision and should be made every second of everyday. This can be challenging for those that don’t see the light at the end of the tunnel but you can do it!

Author's Bio: 

Anita is a freelance writer from Denver, CO and often writes about family, health, home and lifestyle. A mother of two, she enjoys traveling with her family when she isn't writing.