People around the world are going through a rough time right now due to the ongoing effects of the Coronavirus outbreak. During this time of uncertainty, many are under immense amounts of stress. The fear of the unknown in an already unfamiliar situation is driving tensions high. The effects of the pandemic are taking a toll on everyone, but it can be especially difficult for those who suffer from anxiety and/or depression. Isolation and fear can be major triggers for people who struggle with mental health disorders. Because of this, I am going to share some advice on how to ease your anxiety during this stressful time.
In the mental health world, distractions are typically something that would derail one’s progress, but healthy distractions are a great way to cope with arising anxiety. Below, I will list some of the ways that I keep my thoughts from spiraling into extreme worry.
- Watch a light-hearted show or movie. This response is a great way to create positive emotions and escape the world of worries for a little while.
- Exercise. You can do something as simple as going on a walk and getting some fresh air to help clear your mind.
- Meditation. Practicing meditation can help control your worries and promote relaxation. There are a variety of apps and YouTube tutorials that offer guided meditations.
- Finding a hobby. There are many hobbies that can be conducted indoors such as cooking, baking, painting, drawing and writing.
- Organizing/Cleaning. Creating a clean and organized environment can have a positive impact on productivity, motivation, and overall mood.
During times of uncertainty and high tension, finding balance is key. Make sure you are not just focusing and dwelling on the negatives of the situation. Try to look at things from a different perspective, remember to be grateful for all of the good things in your life, the things that are going to get you through this stressful time. For example, rather than scrolling through news article after news article about the Coronavirus pandemic. Try switching it up and reading about positive things going on in the world, or maybe watch a funny video in between articles to balance it out. Try not to let the negatives consume you, it seems hard but finding positives no matter how small, will help to control anxiousness.
These are techniques that have worked for me. If you are experiencing frequent anxiety, you should seek out professional help. Herkimer College’s Counseling Center is available to assist students with free counseling and referrals to additional services.To make an appointment, call the Counseling Center at (315) 574-4034 or by email at [email protected].