We all know that this time is a hard one for everybody. But what about people who suffer from anxiety? How can they deal with their anxiety during the coronavirus lockdown?
First thing first, what is anxiety?
Anxiety is a normal and often healthy emotion. When a person regularly feels disproportionate levels of anxiety, it becomes a medical disorder. The American Psychological Association defines anxiety as an emotion characterized by feelings of tension, worried thoughts, and physical changes like increased blood pressure.
What are the symptoms of anxiety?
The symptoms vary from person to person. Generally, the body reacts in a very specific way to anxiety. The most common symptoms of anxiety are: feeling nervous, restless or tense, having a sense of impending danger, panic or doom, having an increased heart rate, breathing rapidly, sweating, trembling, trouble concentrating, having difficulty controlling the worry.
How can we deal with anxiety?
For those who suffer from anxiety, this lockdown could be a total hell. Especially for the ones who can’t control it. Here is some advice that could help you in case you suffer from anxiety:
1. Stop believing everything you see on TV
Sometimes what you see on TV isn’t totally true. Watching all the news, some being true some being false, you get panicked. Instead of watching the news, try to find a movie or a documentary. It will help you forget for a while about the current situation.
2. Focus on yourself
Instead of saying that you’re stuck at home think about the fact that you can focus on yourself now. Create something you’ve always wanted to, listen to some new music, read. Try that recipe you’ve always wanted to try. Take care of your body and mental health.
3. Stay close to your normal routine
Try to maintain some semblance of structure from the pre-quarantine days. Wake up and go to bed around the same time, get out of your pajamas, eat meals, shower.
4. Start a new quarantine ritual
For example, you can start meditating 20 minutes per day. You can also start keeping a journal, in which you can write all your thoughts and all your ideas. Start doing some 30 days challenges about music, movies, or even exercises.
5. Do something creative
Paint your walls, redecorate your room. Make a puzzle. Learn to play an instrument.
6. Spend time with your family
Do something with your family. Help your mother to make food or to clean. Speak to each other. Try to get to know them better, ask about their passions, dreams, or plans.
I hope that these helped you have an understanding of what could help diminish your anxiety or at least make you feel better.
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