Due to the pandemic, many people have been experiencing fear, anxiety, sadness, confusion…
Although we have no control over a crisis, we must focus on where we DO have control: our response to it.
Here’s just a few tips on how diminish anxiety:
LEARN A NEW SKILL / START A NEW HOBBY
Creating things puts your attention on what’s satisfying. Do something new: gardening, learn a new language, how to cook… Put your attention on positive things, not on the virus, or unemployment, or anything that’s stirring up anxiety within you. Do things that bring you joy & laughter. It doesn’t matter what you do, as long as it keeps your attention focused on positive-feeling things.
GET UP & MOVE!
Go for a walk, ride a bike, dance, do yoga. Find creative ways to be physically active. Sunshine & fresh air will do you so much good. It helps release anxiety, relieve stress & manage your mood. The hardest step is the first step! Once you start moving & breathing, you always feel better.
CONNECT WITH PEOPLE
Stress is reduced during crisis situations when we’re able to connect with loved ones. Maintain supportive connections. It will bring a sense of comfort & stability. Talking through things with others can give us helpful ways of thinking about or dealing with a stressful situation.
If you know people in your community who are isolated— particularly the elderly/disabled—offer support. Maybe they just need to hear a friendly, reassuring voice. Be a ray of sunshine out there. The effects of doing a nice deed are compounding!
Helping others not only makes a difference to your community, it supports your own mental health & self-esteem. Much of the anguish accompanying this pandemic stems from feeling powerless. Do kind things for others. It will help you regain a sense of control over your life, as well as adding meaning & purpose.
It’s ok to feel sad, confused, scared or angry during times of crisis. Coping with anxiety in a healthy way will make you, the people you care about & your community stronger.
How you respond to stress is extremely important!