I know by now everyone is tired of hearing about COVID-19 because it is plastered basically everywhere. However, what we don’t talk about is the anxiety that surrounds our new normal. First off I am not a doctor, I would simply like to share what I’ve been doing to manage some emotions I’ve experienced during this unprecedented time, including anxiety.
5. Listen to Music
Listening to music is as calming as it is therapeutic. Music elevates your mood, reduces depression and can relieve anxiety. Research shows that after listening to 15 minutes of music, the brain releases natural chemicals, called dopamine which creates a natural sense of happiness.
4. Get Active!
Engage in movement. Dance! Jog! Do Yoga! Meditate! Exercise! Just get moving! Movement for as little as ten minutes boosts endorphins which curbs anxiety, while improving your mood. Pair it with your favorite music and you have a mood boosting jam session.
“Our anxiety does not come from thinking about the future, but from wanting to control it.”
3. Embrace the Now!
Embrace the Now! When you realize you cannot control what’s happening now, you have to begin to embrace the now. You can plan for the future but you cannot control it. You can only live in the moment happening now while creating new memories.
Pre-pandemic my work and life schedule was hectic. Getting the kids ready for school, working all day, long travel times, getting home late and repeating the cycle again. I am definitely not complaining, however, now I am actually happy to have more time to spend with my family. I get to learn more about them and learn more about myself as well.
2. Get Enough Sleep
Sleep deprivation may be linked to an anxiety disorder. When the body does not get enough sleep, it cannot function adequately. This is why sleep is so important to maintaining good overall hormone levels.
Talking about how you feel is by far one of the most effective ways to deal with anxious thoughts. Bypass all the Covid-19 talk if possible. Personally this is my toughest challenge. However, undeniably when you talk to someone about your emotions and feelings, a huge weight feels as if it’s lifted.
Hope this helps,
Until next time
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