3 Ways to Overcome Anxiety in a Pandemic

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;

  1. 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!

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  1. 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.

 

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  1. 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!

 

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P.s. If you need someone to chat to, you can e-mail me on tiffanymisaacs@gmail.com , I don’t mind or just add a comment or two to this post.

3 Self-Care Tips You Must TRY During Lockdown

Self-care is looking after one’s body, soul and mind. Everyone is ranting about it, there are numerous websites dedicated to self-care and loads of people are practicing it. If you new to this concept, change your perspective and think holistic healing.

 

 

Having a fit mind, body and soul is the goal here!  It’s best to start off slow, here are 3 self-care tips you must try during lockdown!

1. Exercise

Exercise relates to the body and mind part of holistic healing. It is something that anyone can do regardless of your age, race, sexuality etc. It’s not only good for the body but also good for your mental health and let’s face it with lockdown being in full swing who can deny that mental health is a thing. If you didn’t know, exercise fights depression, helps to maintain and improve yourself confidence. Come on, try it – I’ve included this YouTube video to help you get started

 

2. Meditation

Meditation relates to the mind part of holistic healing. There is nothing sinister about the practice of meditation its all about a healthy mind and its positive benefits on the rest of your body. For instance, not many people know that meditation reduces stress, depression and helps you to stay in the present and not excessively worry about your past or your future. It helps to clear the mind and compartmentalize concerns, so you can deal with them one at a time and not overthink the process or journey that you’re on. Come on, try it – I’ve included this easy 1-minute YouTube video to get you started!

 

3. Reflection

Reflection relates to the soul and mind part of holistic healing. The purpose of self-reflection is numerous in numbers but one of the main purposes is get to know one’s self better. To think about who you really are and who you really are has nothing to do with what you do for living.

One thing that I’ve learnt from reflection is that it is beneficial in deciding what’s next for you i.e. what you like, what don’t you like, who’s good for you, who’s bad for you and ultimately what’s the next immediate step to take that will yield your desired outcomes. Come on, try it – Some good will come of it I promise. Here is a link to help you get started,

https://positivepsychology.com/introspection-self-reflection/

Last Thoughts

Anything worthwhile takes time and energy – my advice is to be consistent with these 3 Self-care tips you must try during lockdown and things will eventually fall into place. You will be able to see, feel and live the results of implementing these tips. Things should and will get better with time, you must trust the journey that you on.

 

Stay safe and be safe!

XOXO,

Tiffany M Isaacs