I have experienced the inadequacy of thinking, reading or talking myself into mental health (only). In addition to other things, actually going out and doing something (without expectations) can help alleviate emotional distress. For example, I am overwhelmed by my financial situation. So, I drafted a spending plan that approaches a solution. Then I get hit with a huge tax bill. I lost sleep for a few days, until I accepted that i need to make arrangements to pay (phone calls and such). My health is poor, so it's time to let go of expectations for a longer life, and do what I can to alleviate dying earlier. I am stricken with anxiety about going out in public, time to make a plan for progressive exposure, because it is not going to randomly go away. I am mentally ill. If anyone needs to address stress asap, it would be me, because I can get overwhelmed quickly. No excuses. That's how i feel currently, though. i may sink back into victimization again.