What to Measure to help manage depression and anxiety

If you are an entrepreneur you measure your success on your financial wealth… If you are a model you measure yourself on your looks… A manager would measure themselves through profit.

But does any of this make us happy? If you want balance, contentment and a sustainable measure of your life’s worth here are the important scales to consider.

Confidence
How confident are you? When we are confident about the decisions we make then we have no need to be anxious about the outcome. When we are not anxious about the outcome we avoid stress and worry which will keep us mentally strong and focused.

Interaction
Humans are sociable creatures and are designed on every level, spiritually, emotionally and physically, to thrive on successfully communicating with others. When we connect with others our lives have purpose because very few people can be truly happy on their own.

Activity
When we exercise we produce serotonin, our body’s natural happy juice. If we are more active, the more of this happy inducing chemical we disperse meaning we have more energy, more vitality and more positivity to give to life.

Thoughts
If we measure the positivity of our thoughts then we effectively measure the resilience of our brains and our ability to stay in the intellectual sections. As our brains are neuroplastic, the more time we spend thinking positively, the bigger those positive resources become.

Strengths
Strengths are the positive features of your personality, your skills… the resources you bring to the table. These are what make you unique and of far greater importance to measure than are ability to generate material wealth

Achievement
Achievement is a relative term. If we measure achievement against a Nobel prize winner we may run up short. We should measure our achievement based upon where we start and where we finish.

Happiness
Isn’t this the end goal for us all? We communicate to be happy, make money to be happy, form relationships to be happy… If all of our daily tasks are undertaken with the end game of fulfilment and happiness, then isn’t this the greatest measure of all?

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