Is COVID-19 making you more anxious?
Are you feeling extra tense these past days? You’re not alone. Since this pandemic started, many Americans feel extra anxious especially with the uncertainty in health, job, and change in lifestyle.
Feeling anxious in this situation is very normal. Fortunately, there are ways to help you get more ease with stress.
Create something with your hands.
Whether it’s baking, drawing, sculpting, or cleaning, whatever it is, just create something with your hands! And when you’re doing it, try to actually focus on it. Keep your mind from wandering and just enjoy the process.
When we’re stressed, it’s so tempting to just lock ourselves in our room or just spend the whole day binge-watching shows. But either of these things won’t do any good. A better option? Exercise.
Several studies have proven how exercise can boost the feel-good hormones. If you’re able to, try to do it outdoors for a dose of sunshine. If not, there are plenty of no-equipment exercises you can do indoors (dancing is a form of exercise too!).
Take a break from social media and/or from watching/reading news.
Since this pandemic started, you may have spent countless hours with your phone – scrolling in your social media accounts or reading COVID-19 news. While neither is extremely harmful, dwelling too much into them can make you more anxious.
Try to get at least an hour or so of social media/news break. It may be challenging to do at first but give it a try. You may realize that not reading the news or being social media for an hour isn’t really a big deal.
Mindfulness allows you to be in the moment. If you’re able to practice being in the moment, you can handle difficult thinking.
A good way to practice mindfulness is meditation. It may be challenging to stay focused on the moment and keep your mind from wandering off but just keep on practicing. It’ll be worth it.
The worst thing you can do when you’re already feeling anxious is forcing yourself to do things you think you should be doing at the moment. When you’re not feeling doing it, just be. Unless it’s a matter of life and death, let yourself slack off once in a while and embrace what you’re feeling.
If any of these things aren’t working and your anxiety starts to interfere with your day-to-day life, it’s important to see a specialist. The earlier you see or talk to someone, the sooner you’ll feel better.