With COVID-19 coronavirus cases and political injustice on the rise in America, it is hard to think positive on what the future holds. According to The Guardian, anxiety levels are spiking as the pandemic continues. For some, the pandemic is stressful, and creates fear and anxiety among many Americans.
After three months of quarantine and social distancing, some might be feeling lonely, stressed and confused.
If you are overwhelmed by the coronavirus pandemic, try these tips to help you cope with the stress in a healthy way.
Try breathing deeply in and out in sets of four. Slowly release your breath before starting the next set. Repeat this for five minutes. Deep breathing will help lower your heart rate and calm you down.
Going on a walk or doing a couple of minutes of yoga can help clear your mind and get you out of your head. Afterall, exercising causes the body to release endorphins which make you feel good. Maintaining your physical health may help relieve anxiety.
If you are comfortable with writing, invest in getting a diary or use a simple notebook to express the way you feel. Let your anxious thoughts flow onto the page as a form of a release. This can help you pinpoint what is causing you so much stress.
Maintain a well-balanced diet
Anxiety may cause a decreased appetite but try to push yourself to eat meals. Your mind and body function best when they are properly fed and rested. Do not skip meals and be sure to keep water and healthy snacks on hand.
Sometimes we need a break from reality. Pick up a book, watch your favorite movies on Disney+ or pop in your earphones and listen to soothing music. Try picking a new hobby or almost anything to get your mind off what is stressing you out.
Get enough sleep
This might be a no-brainer but it is easy to lose sleep over stress. If you find it hard to go to sleep, trying counting to 20 or those aforementioned breathing exercises. Still having trouble falling asleep? Listen to a relaxing sleep music playlist on Spotify or Pandora.
Stop Trying to Control Everything
You cannot control the world. Trying to control your anxiety might cause more damage. It might be hard to process it but you have to accept that sometimes you cannot control your emotions. Let yourself feel and cope with the situation.
Talk it out
Last but certainly not the least, if you are feeling overwhelmed, do not be afraid to talk to friends and family. Tell them what you are feeling so they can understand how to help you. You can also talk to your doctor or therapist if you want professional help. Talking out what you are feeling can be beneficial to fully understanding and beginning to cope with what you are going through.
For more information, resources or help with dealing with anxiety and stress, text “HOME” to 741741 to connect with a Crisis Counselor or call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273-8255.