From the bad economy and a hectic pace of life to the seemingly endless bad news on a global level, it seem there are more reasons than ever to be
feeling bad. But we can still take control of our own minds and do things to help ourselves when faced with anxiety, fear, panic, and depression.
I thought I'd share a little bit of wisdom I came across about a decade ago - something that's helped me a lot personally as I've had cause to
ruminate on it in stressful times. In his book Change Your Brain, Change
, Dr. Daniel G. Amen M.D. noted the results of a study done on "least depressed" persons - those who were likely to remain upbeat and
strong in dark situations that brought depression to many others. The findings of the study showed that these people tended, across the board, to have
three attitudes Amen called "the three C's." By reminding ourselves of these three attitudes and seeking to cultivate them within ourselves, we can
strengthen our minds against depression, anxiety, and other dark mental states.
You realize you have a certain amount of capability
to change and control your life. You are not merely a passive victim
of events: there are things you can do to make your situation better. You may not be able to perfectly control your life, but you are not an amoeba
being carried along helplessly in a river. By setting goals and consciously taking control of the various factors in your life, you can change what
needs to be changed and steer your life where you want it to go.
You look at difficulties and setbacks as interesting challenges or puzzles rather than as causes for despair and mental
agonizing. You are able to view difficulties as something akin to a chess game or a puzzle – something that is interesting in its own right rather
than dread-inducing. While it’s a bit facile to say “life is a game,” it is helpful to think of some of the challenges in life as games rather
than as grim struggles.
You are committed and connected to something bigger than yourself – something outside yourself. Maybe its your family or a
loved one. Maybe it’s a religious or political ideal. Maybe it’s community involvement of some kind. There are many possibilities, but it has to
involve living for something other than your own purely selfish needs. This feeling of connectedness and commitment provides strength in difficult
I don’t claim to embody these ideals in myself – but I try to. Sometimes its quite difficult. But even in highly stressful situations, I’ve
found that simply walking through this list in my mind helps enormously. I hope its of interest and benefit for you, too.
Stay sane and happy, ATS, and don't let the doom get inside your bones. Fight your dispair. The foundations are starting to shake and it’s going to
be a wild ride in the coming months and years. Be strong. I know you will.
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