Reducing anxiety during the pandemic
If you are feeling anxious or overwhelmed at the moment, don’t worry, you are not alone!
The current coronavirus pandemic is affecting our everyday lives in many different ways – our families, our employment, our freedom to a certain extent. And with the situation evolving every day, it’s tough to know what each new day will bring, other than the certainty that we should are still confined, in the most part, to our homes.
Whether you have been furloughed or are worried about how your small business is going to survive, managing your anxiety is vital to making the best decisions for you, your family or your business.
We have compiled some tip on how to manage your anxiety levels at this challenging time.
Are you feeling frustrated because you are working from home? Can’t spend time with friends and family or go to the gym? Or maybe it is merely the lack of structure in each day. These kinds of disruptions will inevitably cause you to feel some level of anxiety.
Our advice would be to create a schedule for each day to provide yourself with some structure to help you get through the day. Include time for exercise, shopping, calling friends, cleaning the house and, of course working, if you are currently working from home.
Don’t spend too much time on social media or scrolling through the news. Regularly consuming speculative articles or information about deaths tolls will keep your anxiety levels sky-high.
While keeping up-to-date is essential, pick your time to get the latest update and resist the urge to read other news articles throughout the rest of the day. Be pragmatic about which news stories or TV channels you choose to read or watch. Focus on the ones providing proactive advice instead of the ones focusing on the negative. This will help to motivate you to make your own healthy choices.
With the gyms closed and limited time allowed outside, it may feel harder to find the space to exercise. However, exercise is proven to help reduce feelings of anxiety or stress. Whether it be an intensity workout you are after, strength training or yoga, there are a variety of resources and classes online to keep you active. This will help to improve both your physical and mental wellbeing.
Be honest about how you are feeling
Giving a name to your feeling can help reduce the effects of them so take a moment throughout the day to check in on yourself. Do you feel frustrated? De-motivated? Sad? Angry? These feelings are all normal! Acknowledge how you feel and then remind yourself that this is temporary. Try and balance your emotions by doing something proactive, even if that is just to get up and clean the bathroom!
Maintain contact with your nearest and dearest
Fortunately, we live in a time when it’s easier than ever to stay in contact with the people you love, both here and overseas. Our mobile phones and computers allow us to connect easily with our loved ones, even while remaining socially distant. If you don’t have friends or family, you can reach out to, proactively find people to interact with, such as on forums or social media. Now is the perfect time to reach out to people and make new friends.
Focus on the things you can control
The more focus you have on how coronavirus is affecting everyday life, the more anxiety you are likely to feel. Stay focused on the things you have control over, such as how to keep yourself and your family safe, how you will spend your time, and how you will manage your cash flow. You may see other people on social media using their time to learn a new skill. However, it’s also important to remember that it is equally OK not to. Your mental health and how you cope with the current situation depends on the things you do. So do the things that are right for you. Gaining a sense of control over your day to day life will help you find some calm in the current storm.
And don’t forget, there is always a friendly ear here, should you need it.