I said the word P-A-N-D-E-M-I-C !
Yes, you heard me say it – riiiight!
There is no easy way of dealing with anxiety especially during a pandemic i.e. COVID-19.
Let me let you in on a secret – Telling someone that it’s going to be okay, is not going to work! Especially if said person has been struggling with anxiety before the pandemic hit.
Take note – the root of all anxiety is found in fear which is brought on by stress
‘’Stress about life, joblessness, home-schooling the kids or even picking up essentials from the store”
So, what can you do to help a loved one or help yourself?
Here are 3 ways to overcome anxiety in a pandemic;
- Voice your concerns to someone who cares about you
My mother is usually my go-to-person, she has a way of calming my fears and anxious thoughts. I voice what I’m thinking about and she usually shuts down the worse of my anxious thoughts. The other less anxious thoughts I deal with myself. My sister comes in at a close second to my mother she also helps calm my anxious thoughts in her own way. The person you choose, effectively helps by talking you down from your mountain of anxiety through the process of assessing your thoughts on behalf of you – And most of the time, they are rubbish thoughts that will NOT manifest in what you see around you. The only thing you must do is focus on the person to provide the answer to your anxious thoughts – will this ‘thing’ happen or not? Focusing on the person helps calm your mind!
- Exercise, Exercise and more Exercise
This one is a tricky one for me, I’d rather comfort eat than exercise LOL I’m sure there are many of you like me. However, here is my trick – I tell myself that I need to exercise otherwise I’m just going to get fatter and more stressed. And when I take on too much stress, I usually get sick and sick is not something you want to be during a pandemic. Stress compromises one’s immune system – hence I exercise to help boost my immune system and reduce stress which subsequently reduces my anxious thoughts etc.
- Do something you love, everyday!
What’s the one thing that you love doing? Now, do that thing! It WILL lift your spirits help with your serotonin levels. It’s basically like exercise but it’s not unless exercising is the one thing that you love doing. For instance, I love being creative, so I find something creative to do every day. I paint, cook creatively, sometimes I play guitar or just do some colouring in. It HELPS to help me stay sane and fight my anxious thoughts. And in turn makes me feel good about myself, i.e. my brain resets into normal care-free, patient, loving and kind Tiffany Hahaha!
P.s. If you need someone to chat to, you can e-mail me on firstname.lastname@example.org , I don’t mind or just add a comment or two to this post.