Anxiety following a panic is quite understandable, but the moment it takes over our lives, our thoughts process and affects functioning, it becomes a serious problem.
Public Health Experts reveal what can we do to alleviate anxiety during these uncertain times.
Public Health Experts recommends some tips like hand washing, social distancing, stay at home and self-quarantine if you feeling not well. If you still trouble with anxiety and worry about this pandemic situation after watching TV, mobile notifications and adds while working then try these activities will help you to cope with anxiety.
1. LIMIT MEDIA EXPOSURE:
Checking for updates is good, but checking many times a day can make you obsess.
As WHO gave a message to the general population, minimize watching, reading or listening to the news about COVID-19 that causes you to feel anxious or distressed; seek information only from trusted sources.
Only stick to a reliable source for information because excessive exposure to media makes you more anxious and fearful.
Try this: make the timetable to watch news channels and mobile notifications otherwise turn off notification.
2. MAKE YOURSELF BUSY:
There are many hobbies instead of watching TV, which you can do in a lockdown like cooking, painting, writing, reading, calligraphy, etc. And office work, assignments, and revision courses are the best to make yourself busy and better.
Try this: every morning or every night make a plan for a day according to your hobbies or mode. It will help you to get away from negative and anxious thoughts.
3. TRY TO CONNECT WITH FAMILY AND FRIENDS:
Stay at home does not mean to be isolated in one place, and social distancing is meant to distance from outdoor people.
This lockdown is one of the blessings to connect yourself from family and friends who need us most, You can connect with them directly at home or indirectly through phone calls or messages.
Friends and family are also the best therapy for mental illnesses like anxiety and depression.
4. ALLOCATING TIME FOR OURSELVES:
As we know that coronavirus mostly attacks people with a low immune system, so it is our responsibility to care for others but also be gentle with ourselves.
self-care based on having good hygiene, exercise, meditation, good conversation, religious or spiritual practices, and can have a great impact on self- motivation.
Having time with our-self helps us to understand our emotion, feelings, goals, and steps to cope with every situation but don’t stress and panic.
5. MEDITATION AND EXERCISE:
It is scientifically proven that meditation not only relaxes the mind but also re-energized the body. It also helps you to control your thoughts.
Exercise is the way to make yourself active, healthy and boost your immune system, which helps to fight with diseases.
Try this: after getting yourself up from bed in the morning do meditation for at least 20-30 minutes and exercise for 1 hour (0r at least 30-45 minutes).
6.TALK THE HEART OUT:
Don’t afraid to ask help with someone, you are not alone who is fighting this battle of anxiety with COVID-19, there are many more people who also want to talk and want to calm there-selves.
Try this: call your friend or sit with any family member and talk about what you feel like? what is going in your mind? and if there is no one to talk don’t talk to yourself. (talking to yourself is not the psychological problem until it is associated with dementia, it is the way to express feeling which obsesses that irritates you)
7. ENGAGE YOURSELF IN GAMES AND INFORMATIONAL CHANNEL:
It’s a high time to enhance our intellectual powers. Fun games can be arranged at home, like skipping, ludo, scrabble, monopoly and others to give an energy boost to our physical and mental capabilities.
Watching the informational channels like animals and tour channels interact you with the beautiful creation of God and 360-degree tours to park museums, islands. These channels try to involve you and distract your mind from negativity or anxiety to thinking about God”s creation.
8. ACUPRESSURE :
Acupressure is the type of Chinese traditional medicine, which helps to reduce anxiety and stress by stimulating pressure points in your body.
In the 2018 study, acupressure shows a significant reduction in stress and anxiety symptoms in women receiving fertility treatment.
Some pressure points are;
- Hall of impression point which lies between the eyebrows.
- Heavenly gate point in the upper part of the inner ear.
- Shoulder well points in your shoulder muscle.
- Union valley point lies in the webbing between your thumb and index finger.
- Great surge point on the upper part of the foot just above the bone.
- The inner frontier great point is on your arm just 3 fingers below your wrist.
9. VISUALIZE POSITIVE SITUATIONS:
Affirmation visualization is the technique in which repeating affirmative or positive thought many times a day keep you focused and change believe, assumption and opinions about the situation. It also helps the person to come out from the stressful and anxious thoughts.
As your subconscious mind will engage in this process and transform your way of thinking.
This process does not take a long time until you surround yourself with positive things.
Feeling anxious is normal but exceed from limits makes miserable. Don’t allow yourself to see news channels and any updated news excessively and plan a day or months, busy yourself in cooking, reading books, games, exercise, and things that makes calm, happy and helps you to cope with anxiety and live a healthy life.
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