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Counselor offers difficult time tips

December 2, 2010

Here are some tips for deal with difficult times:

  • Exercise reduces stress and fends off depression.
  • Volunteering is an anti-depressant.
  • A hobby is an energizing obsession.
  • Learn from your past—don’t live there.
  • You can think about the future but you can’t live there. Be present.
  • Slow down. Do one thing at a time and watch anxiety disappear.
  • Bad feelings get better when you start to speak about them.
  • Exercise teaches your body and mind how to handle stress.
  • Practice saying “NO” so you can be your own person.
  • Listening to others is an act of love. Judge less/speak less.
  • Needy people unintentionally push friends away.
  • Suicidal thinking means you are depressed. Get help and feel safe again.
  • Be proactive. Turn thoughts into action.
  • Mistakes are how you learn. Make them.
  • Choice—you always can make change in your life.
  • Don’t make drugs and alcohol the most important thing in your life.
  • It’s ok to feel lonely once in a while.
  • Accept yourself separate from your accomplishments.
  • Practice acceptance of the duality (good and bad) in others and yourself.
  • Be flexible and you will survive change.
  • Cynicism is what passes for insight amongst the mediocre.
  • Worrying about things doesn’t stop them from happening.
  • Avoidance of difficult things only works in the short-term.
  • Emotional dependency makes slaves out of us—trust yourself.
  • Suffering through hard times will make us wiser.
  • Living well is the best revenge.
  • Vacations work.
  • Who am I/why am I here = Spirituality.
  • Give to givers, retreat from takers.
  • Conquer your fears and start living.

Call 715-425-3884 to make a free and confidential appointment with a licensed UWRF student mental health counselor.


Mark Huttemier is a student mental health counselor at UW-River Falls.