It's possible some self-help could make you feel better.   

Maybe, just maybe, you're already pretty highly functioning, but you just need to, you know, tweak a few things.  (Note: I don't get any money for these referrals.  Most of them are free for you.) 

What are some things you can do right now to feel better?  

1. Increase activities that lead to positive feelings. This tip sheet from explains how it works.

2. Set firm boundaries with the dysfunctional people in your life.

3. Couples: Watch these videos together that are in this YouTube playlist. In between each one, turn to each other and tell each other what the most important thing you got from each one was. Do a couple's book club with The 7 Principles for Making Marriage Work, discussing and working through the exercises in each chapter. 

3. Learn Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction. This free online course will get you started on learning how to cope with stress, pain, and the challenges of life and deal with disturbing events with grace and composure.  (Note: If you prefer the structure of a class, either online or in person, I highly recommend The Mindful Center of Albuquerque.)

4. Set a consistent sleep schedule that you stick to, no matter what. Here are tips from the National Sleep Foundation. 

5. Try 'combat' or 'tactical' breathing: 

6. Here's some general information about anxiety from the American Psychological Association.

8. The Happiness Trap, by Russel Harris. This book, available in many formats, helps people learn how to stop trying to be "happy" and instead live their life with Acceptance and Commitment Therapy. In a similar vein, Get out of Your Mind and Into Your life by Steven Hayes. 

9. Parents: I highly recommend Breaking Free from Childhood Anxiety and OCD. This book, by Harvard Child Psychologist Eli Liebowitz, is available in print, in Kindle, and on Audible. It's an easy read/listen, and provides information about childhood anxiety disorders, their treatment, and how to help your child at home. 

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Note: These tips aren't meant as a substitute for therapy, nor are they to be used to diagnose or treat any disease. 
Rather, they are resources that you can take a look at that might make you feel better. 

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