How to Lower Constant Anxiety and Stress During These Difficult Times
How to lower constant anxiety and stress during these difficult times. At Reduce Anxiety, we understand that the present corona-virus outbreak has caused added anxiety and stress for those already battling mental illness. Find out how to lower constant anxiety and stress.
This crisis left you to manage two things at the same time; protecting against coronavirus while at the same time safeguarding ourselves from harmful anxiety and stress.
You can practice the following tactics if your anxiety and stress have been overwhelming lately.
Distance from Media
Most parts of the country are asking us to practice social distancing to stop the spread of the virus. However, in order to stop the spread of anxiety, we need to keep away from the ambush of bad news. Anxiety comes from the uncertain along with an active imagination which results in disastrous thoughts. Everyday, all day we are being bombarded with news coverage about COVID and all that negativity produces those thoughts. Distance yourself from the media if you are feeling anxious.
You will feel more anxious the more you allow your mind to focus on worst case scenarios. You may not be able to stop those thoughts, but you can choose to not dwell on them and take action to resolve problems. Problem solving is much different and much better than worrying. Anxiety is sneaky, it tries to bait you with what if questions. Don’t allow yourself to take the bait. Turn your attention away instead and concentrate on something else. Trying to answer questions that have no answers will take you down that hole of fear. Try to find creative ways to get through tough times. The main goal is to stay on top of it until it passes.
Concentrate on Being Productive
We can’t control this crisis we are in. Therefore, we can only concentrate on what is in our control; our response. Take this time on do something productive such as pain a wall, clean a messy room, read a book, play a game. Start a new hobby or learn a new skill. When we create or accomplish something it brings our attention to what is satisfying.
Stop Believing the Myths
We have all heard them time and time again; stop believing in the myths. Anxiety is not truly a disease. Just snap out of it. Get rid of your symptoms by breathing into a paper bag or have a drink. Anxiety is real and it is a disease even though it doesn’t show up in blood work or on an X-ray. It can be diagnosed and treated.
At the end of the day, it is important to know there is help to finding out why you have anxiety and to treat it. You are not alone! Talk to your healthcare provider to help you through this difficult time and find out how to lower constant anxiety and stress.