Take one step forward
During these uncertain times, anxiety levels are likely to increase due to feelings of vulnerability and unpredictability. In an effort to make sense of things and solve problems, our thoughts circle around, over and over, which only increases feelings of anxiety. When you are aware that your anxiety is escalating, here are some things that you can try:
Try limiting your exposure to news reports and social media. Much of the same information is recirculated and whether you watch it all day or just twice a day , you will have the same information.
Try to get outside and enjoy being in nature. Nature reminds us that there is much more to our lives than our immediate issues and everything continues to change day by day.
Socialize, even if it’s not in person. Social connection is known to increase our resilience.
Find a way to get more movement in your day even if it is doing those things in your house that you never have time to do and have been putting off.
Throughout the day, each time you begin to feel down, focus on something that you are thankful for.
Meditate pray, or do something that requires your focused attention.
Listen to music that warms your soul.
Write a letter/text/email to someone who may be confined to their home.
Whatever your feelings are, allow them and don’t try to deny them. Feelings eventually pass.
“Everything can be taken from a man except one thing -the last of the human freedoms – to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one’s own way.” -Viktor Frankl
Just take one step forward…