Quick short term strategy for relieving Anxiety & depression 

When we are struggling with either depression or anxiety, the mind is continually focused on ourselves. There is a lot of time spent self-assessing our feelings.  It is typical for depressed and anxious people to constantly do 
a self-check about their energy levels and moods. Understandably, the main questions that comes to mind are “When is this going to go away?” and “When will I feel better?” 


It’s important to short circuit that thinking.  How?  By shifting gears and doing something for someone else in our lives. This can be anything, as long as we are focusing our attention on someone else and their needs or 
desires.   


Case in point – sometimes when I’m feeling upset or depressed inside, I deliberately start to think about someone in my life who could use a telephone call, an email, a card, a joke, or a treat to brighten their day.  I find when I place my attention on this, my mood can quickly shift and better yet, the person with whom I’ve placed my attention on feels better too! 


As the title suggests, this is only a strategy and not a cure.  However, if one starts using this strategy on a regular basis, a shift for overall wellness will happen as it decreases isolation and loneliness and starts to answer your 
question – “When will I feel better?”​