How can you prevent something that may be seemingly inconsequential or something “I should be able to manage” from becoming the straw that breaks the camel’s back? Here are seven ways to prevent that from happening. We’re all handling isolation, quarantine, job loss, financial troubles, boredom, loneliness, grief, fear – a new brand of anxiety that’s literally about taking your next breath. So today, in this episode sponsored by BetterHelp, I’ll focus once again on “what you can do about it.”

Here are the seven preventative tips:

  1. Practice self-compassion
  2. Recognize the cumulative impact of stress and ambiguity
  3. Stop comparing yourself to others
  4. Practice mindfulness and awareness of the present moment
  5. Know and honor your triggers
  6. Remain humble rather than prideful
  7. Go for help if you develop clinical depression, flashbacks or severe anxiety

The listener email today is from a woman who listened to the podcast on sibling sexual abuse in early February. I simply wanted to comment further on her response to that post – as I didn’t mention something very important. That’s why I love feedback from all of you. It keeps me on my toes.

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My book entitled Perfectly Hidden Depression has arrived and you can order here! Its message is specifically for those with a struggle with strong perfectionism or need for control which acts to mask underlying emotional pain. But the many self-help techniques described can be used by everyone who chooses to begin to address emotions, long hidden away, that are clouding and sabotaging your current life.

And there’s a new way to send me a message! You can record by clicking below and ask your question or make a comment. You’ll have 90 seconds to do so and that time goes quickly. By recording, you’re giving SelfWork (and me) permission to use your voice on the podcast. I’ll look forward to hearing from you!

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