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Having anxiety at the best of times is incredibly hard but during a pandemic as country after country declares national emergencies, newspapers are full of devastating stories and scary statistics and social media is filled with videos, it’s even harder!
I feel like now is a good time to write a post about managing anxiety, especially since so many of us are struggling with anxiety during this difficult time! Ever since this outbreak, I have experienced a bunch of different emotions such as relief, happiness, sadness, anger, distress, depression, and anxiety. I didn’t think it was possible to experience so many emotions all in a small amount of time!
There are numerous ways your mental health might be affected, and I truly believe this is a time that many people who have never dealt with mental health issues will come to understand what it’s like (to a degree). Many people will suffer during these moments, many people will feel isolated and alone but please remember whilst we are in a dark and scary time, you are not alone. We are all in this together.
The thing with anxiety, is that it effects people in different ways, with different triggers, different symptoms and in different levels – so we have to manage with it how we think is best for ourselves. But here are some ways that might help you manage your anxiety:
Self Care is extremely important. No matter who you are, you need to make sure you are scheduling time in for yourself! There are several things you can do for yourself, something as simple as taking a bath, watching your favourite movie, taking a nap or just going for a short walk. Many of us are on lock down and are only permitted to leave our house for 1 form of exercise a day, so a walk allows us time to step away from the confines of our home!
Explore Counselling Services
Many people are struggling as counselling services become busier and busier, so they are unable to access the support they usually do. If you are in this situation then there are a variety of numbers, websites and apps you could download and try outside of your regular medical support! Try looking up services ran by The Samaritans, NHS Mental Health, Mind to name but a few.
If your therapist is busy and unable to give you talking therapy then one way to overcome the overwhelming feelings of anxiety is to write yourself a letter. Get all your feelings down on a piece of paper, let them escape you so you aren’t bottling them up. Or even write yourself a love letter, what do you love about yourself, what are you grateful for! In those moments of despair, you can read this letter and know you have hit a bump in the road but you will overcome it!
Avoid Social Media & Try A NEW Hobby
Its easier said than done I know, but try to avoid constantly checking on your social media. Of course keep communicating with your friends and family but its very easy to lose ourselves in Instagram, staring at the beautiful people we wish we could be! Now is the perfect time to find a new hobby. Reading will allow you to escape from your anxiety and imagine yourself in another world. Try to avoid books which may trigger your anxiety and instead opt for something perhaps like a fantasy, which would allow you to fully escape the world we are in right now!
If you don’t like reading, try writing a story, painting or learning a new language!
I know that this is quite a short post unlike my previous posts, but this is because I have already written a few posts in relation to anxiety/coping with anxiety/mindfulness!
If you’re looking for more ways on how to manage your anxiety, check out the posts below:
Related: Coping With Anxiety
Related: COVID-19: Survival Guide
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