There’s a 90% chance that each of us is dealing with anxiety, depression, or relationship problems. (Does that surprise you?)
I, personally, have had anxiety issues since I was nine (fourth grade can be stressful!), and I wouldn’t have believed you if you had told me that those very real feelings were OPTIONAL.
As a reminder before I go too much further, LearnDoBecome is about strengthening families. We talk about a variety of topics that help us architect lives of excellence, and we’re not going to post about anxiety, depression, and relationship problems every week. But this is one facet of our lives that can have a HUGE impact on everything else we do, so it’s definitely worth our time and energy.
Today I am presenting you with a simple, direct post that I consider to be an open door.
And if you walk through this open door, my promise is that you will receive some of the best advice on the planet to help you with anxiety, depression, and any challenges you’re having with the people in your life.
I’ll start with a little bit more of my story:
I realized early on that solving the problems in my head dramatically improved the quality of my life. So I read great books like these:
The one on the right was my mom’s favorite. She’d always say things like, “You just do the best you can, and if other people don’t like it, that’s their SDB” (Self-Defeating Behavior).
Those books were awesome. Loved them.
But they didn’t totally solve my problem. I still didn’t know what to do when I woke up feeling desperate or panicked. I thought I just “couldn’t handle” my life. I would ask Eric in quiet moments if he thought something was wrong with me.
Based on the recommendation of my dear friend Candi a couple of months ago, I started reading Dr. David Burns’ books, and I can’t say enough about his work.
These three books have already revolutionized my life:
But it’s not just me who’s seen a difference. For example, more than FIVE MILLION people have read Feeling Good, and they’ve found that about two thirds of the people who read it recover from depression. (That’s a scary-good statistic.)
I’m a work in progress…not “totally there” yet, but the momentum I feel and the hope this has created in me is incredible.
THAT is why I am sharing this today.
Best Way to Get Started?
(1) Listen to the podcast featured on this page.
You’ll get a feel for who Dr. Burns is and why his work is so powerful in helping your relationships.
We’ll dive deep into what stops us from having great relationships, and we’ll discuss empowering ways to make changes…even if the OTHER person seems to be the problem. (Light bulb moments!)
As a note of courtesy, this is not easy or comfortable. But it’s totally worth it.
(2) Listen to this second podcast I recorded for Power of Moms, specifically about anxiety.
Simply click here for the audio. This podcast goes through the step-by-step process that I now use every morning to eliminate anxious feelings. (GREAT process to teach your kids, too!)
(3) Order Dr. Burns’ Books. They are must-haves for every home library.
(4) Leave a comment and let us know what you think…and if you have any further questions.
Do you want to see a sample of my daily mood log? Or is there a specific situation you’re not sure how to handle?
At the end of this podcast, Dr. Burns said that he is more than happy to come back for a future episode.
Do you know what that means?
Essentially it’s this: One of the foremost experts in psychiatry in the WHOLE WORLD–wants to help US…the LearnDoBecome community. This thrills me.
How This Fits With Our Productivity Training
Many of you here in the LearnDoBecome community found us through our work teaching family-centered productivity, and so you might be wondering how this all fits together.
Here’s my take…
If we really want to eliminate the physical and mental clutter from our lives, there are at least two sides of the coin.
But add to that the ability to eliminate feelings of anxiety and depression–and then add to THAT the ability to make our relationships awesome.
It’s pure bliss that I didn’t even know was possible.
Thank you so much!!
David Burns, MD is Adjunct Clinical Professor Emeritus in the Department of Psychiatry at Stanford University School of Medicine. He has served as Visiting Scholar at Harvard Medical School and Chief of Psychiatry at Presbyterian-University of Pennsylvania Medical Center in Philadelphia. His best-selling books, Feeling Good, and the Feeling Good Handbook, have sold over five million copies worldwide, and are the books most frequently recommended by therapists for individuals suffering from depression. He offers many resources for therapists and for the general public on his website, feelinggood.com.