Dealing With Anxiety During Covid-19
During the current climate of uncertainty, feelings of anxiousness can feel particularly high. Here are some ways to help ease feelings of anxiousness:
Your Mind Quiz
Fill out this quiz to see helpful suggestions on how to cope with your feelings.
There are plenty of apps to help with meditation. Slowing your breathing and thinking of something other than what is making you anxious can really help your body to self-calm. Some great apps include Calm and Headspace – both of which are subscription apps. However, there is also a great free one called Insight Timer.
Diaries for when you’re short on time
Not enough time to write a diary? Give Daylio a try. The app allows you to select a mood for the day, choose icons that represent what you’ve done and also add additional notes. This is great for keeping track of your little daily wins – which helps you to focus.
Listening to storms, rain and soothing sounds can help you to feel calm and sleep. Rainmaker is a great app for this.
Exercise releases endorphins – so exercise is always good for calming nerves. There are plenty of free exercises – PE with Joe Wicks is live at 9am every morning on YouTube (great to do with the kids and can be watched back any time), and Down Dog Premium is free currently.
Reframe unhelpful thoughts
Sometimes it’s worth looking at things a different way. This video helps to explain it.
Tackle Your Worries
The NHS reminds setting aside specific ‘worrying time’ time, so that you can focus on other things at other times.
Does your whole body feel tense? This video will help you to unwind so that you don’t end up in physical discomfort.
Charity Anxiety Uk have released a video to help with coping with anxiety – you can view it here.
Stick to trustworthy news sites
Fake news is not welcome at any time – but especially not now. Stick to trustworthy news sources and check facts against what is written on the WHO website. You can also fact check on the Snopes website here.
Limit how much news you read
Too much can be too much – and don’t be afraid to mute chats with friends if you need a breather.
How are you dealing with anxiety? Let us know!