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Life as we know it is rapidly changing. Daily, we are flooded with more news about COVID-19. Whether it’s information about symptoms, newly diagnosed cases, or the number of people who have died in New York, Louisiana, or Mississippi from the virus. This is overwhelming and frightening. Fear increases anxiety which places more stress on the mind and body. Research has shown that stress weakens the immune system.
Therefore, we have to take steps to also maintain our mental health during this public health crisis. I know taking care of your mental health might not be a priority right now, but it is a essential part of our overall health. Make an effort to limit the amount of time that you watch or read anything about COVID-19. Next, be aware of your thoughts because they impact feelings and behaviors. It is normal to experience some fear and anxiety, but try to keep it from going into overdrive.
Here are 10 tips to help decrease anxiety during COVID-19.
1. Practice Deep Breathing.
Spend three to five minutes engaging in deep breathing exercises. Take a deep breath in through nose and breathe/blow out slowly through your mouth. Try making a sound similar to ocean waves when breathing out. Practice saying words like “calm” or “peace” after each breath.
2. Read a Book.
Choose something inspiring, compelling, adventurous, or anything of interest to you. Reading can provide a mental escape.
3. Watch Movies.
Now, is the time to catch up on or binge watch movies, favorite shows, or series. Watching something funny can be the comic relief that you need.
4. Play Games.
Fun, fun. Games are all about having fun. Play card, word, board, video, or computer games.
5. Listen to Music.
Music has a way of speaking to us. It can energize, comfort, and soothe us. While “sheltered-in-place” with family, turn the music up and have a dance-off.
6. Enjoy the Outdoors.
Get some fresh air. Sit or go walking outdoors. Take it all in and enjoy the beauty of nature. Notice what you see, hear, smell, and feel.
7. Do Arts & Crafts.
Create something. Find ideas on Pinterest. Draw, color, or paint,
8. Write in a Journal.
Jot down your thoughts, feelings, and concerns. It is helpful to let things out.
9. Connect With Others.
Call, text, or FaceTime family and friends to stay connected. Giving and receiving support is needed and goes a long way.
10. Reach Out to a Counselor.
If you need to talk in more depth about your thoughts and feelings, reach out to a licensed professional counselor.
What else should be added to this list?
Hopefully, some of these tips will be helpful in decreasing your anxiety.during these challenging times by providing distraction, fun, support, comfort, or peace.
Take Care of Yourself.
Happy New Year!