Using the Little Things to Cope
It is common for each person to frequently experience times of amazing joyous highs and it is evenly as common for each person to feel the worst of the lows as well. Changes occur every day, both positive and negative. Every person has different ways to cope with the negative occurrences in their lives. Some decide to do things they enjoy such as planting a garden or going for a drive. Others may do odd things that comes as an impulse for relief, such as cleaning or de-cluttering their home. Many (not a majority) turn to drugs and alcohol, to mask their sadness and stress. As research continues, professions have devised a theory which states depression, trauma and stress has been an underlying cause of addictive behavior in many teens and adults.
Addiction has been problem in problem in the United States since the 60’s. With the number of addicts growing on a daily basis and the availability of addicting substances becoming easier to acquire, addiction is reaching an all-time high. Over 40 Million people in the United States, ages 12 and up, are addicted to drugs and alcohol. With over 320 Million people currently in the United States, that makes 1 out of 9 an addict. As grim as those numbers sound, there are ways of preventing this number from growing.
When a low-spree hits, oftentimes they come in one huge wave or many tiny yet effective blows. For people having hard times coping with them, becoming depressed and feeling worthless and unaccomplished, take the time to remember the little things. By allowing the small things you’ve accomplished in life weigh as much as the small upsetting stuff, you have enough weight to counteract and balance out the bad tides. So for all of the times you made it up the hill, helped a friend, got an A (or even a B) on a test, cooked a great meal for the family, taught something new to a child or even loved, pat yourselves on the back. You put your all into what you do and should remember the importance of each event. Also don’t forget about the larger things that you may have done. Received an award in school, or completed High School. Completing some college is also an achievement. Less than 30% of people ages 25-65 have completed college and received a degree, a smaller number was enrolled in college. So rather you finished or not you are above the educational curve.
Anything that affects you or your life is in your grasp. When you can add weight to the little things in your heart it can mellow down the extent of depression. After you’ve done that, you can take grasp of your life and make a change; Rather it be a tiresome relationship, bad people in your lives or even social stress, you can grasp it and make a change for the better. Find better influences and more people who truly care. Don’t let, trauma, depression or sadness define you and lead you to an addictive path. Find new outlets, and discover new hobbies to set yourself at ease, and discover new truths about yourself.