Due to the current pandemic that we are facing, these last few months have become increasingly difficult for everyone around the world. Not only are there health concerns but also financial concerns for many of us. With things changing on a daily, or even hourly basis, it is understandable that there are lots of you out there finding it difficult to cope with this level of anxiety. You are not alone, I myself have noticed my anxiety levels increasing with an inability to get to sleep at night. Stress and anxiety show up differently for all of us, but however it is showing up it is causing some level of discomfort. To help you gain some control I have decided to write this post and include not only some tips, but also let you know that I am always available if you need someone to talk to.
The key to dealing with anxiety is to interrupt your mind and cause a distraction. This can be done fairly easily, but you do need to make sure that you stay distracted for an extended period of time for it to be effective. Some suggestions that I have shared on my Instagram feed lately are meditation, reading a good book, watching your favourite TV shows, getting outside for a walk/hike/bike ride, doing a jigsaw puzzle or other hobby. The longer you can keep your mind distracted, especially from the current news, the calmer and more "in control' you will feel. Being in a constant state of anxiety has a negative impact on your overall health and you want to be as healthy as possible right now.
Although the current pandemic is a serious situation, just be aware that it will eventually pass. Unfortunately the press and social media coverage contain a lot of "scaremongering" and it is often hard to determine fact from fiction. It is best to limit your news updates to a few times a day, with the focus on your local area. If you are already anxious you do not need to be bombarded with negative news reports. Try to keep things in perspective and remember that a very high percentage of people actually contracting the virus, will make a full recovery. The media tend to focus only on the negative and forget to inform us of the positive outcomes.
We must be smart and follow the instructions in our community. Be prepared but please don't rush out and overbuy. Remember that we are all in this together, so don't be hoarding items at the expense of our friends and neighbours. You will have elderly people in your area so please be vigilant and ensure that they are receiving the help they require. Those of us who are lucky enough to be healthy must do our best to help those less fortunate, such as those with current medical issues and those with immunosuppression.
Lastly I want you all to know that I truly am available to anyone who needs some reassurance or just a friendly voice. Please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 403-505-5069.
BE SMART AND STAY SAFE!