Managing Anxiety in Uncertain and Scary Times
Last week we gave some tips on working from home with a focus on maintaining wellbeing. We are currently in uncertain and scary times and no exact time for this coming to an end is available. If you already experience anxiety, it could be heightened right now, and people who have not necessarily experienced mental health problems before may find that they are feeling anxious, depressed or generally their wellbeing has been affected. During these times, it is important that we take steps to manage and take care of out wellbeing. We can not choose how Coronavirus will impact on us, our family or our wider community, we can choose how we respond to it emotionally. We have put together a list of tips for managing anxiety, please share with anyone around you in case they are struggling.
The OutdoorCure Guide to Managing Anxiety in Uncertain and Scary Times
1) Avoid catastrophising or ruminating on the ‘what if’s’. We all fall victim to this at times but when you notice this happening, take proactive steps to go and do something else. If you operate under the assumption that the worse will happen, your anxiety levels will be higher, but conversely the opposite is true, so take steps to reaffirm this to yourself.
2) Practice mindfulness – this is a great way to take control of how you respond to it. Aim for at least 10 minutes a day and consider getting a mindfulness app or workbook.
3) Nurture yourself. Having an enforced period of time out means that you can take the time to do this – meditate, do yoga, make sure you eat properly. If you find having a long bath relaxing, take the time out to have one. Build these things into your daily routine.
4) Acknowledge your feelings – we experience and overcome many ‘negative’ emotions regularly but we need to acknowledge them. Ignoring them is likely to result in them having more control over us, rather than us being in control of them! Acknowledge them, ask questions if you need to, and when you are ready let go of them. Be kind and compassionate to yourself.
5) If you can, and it is safe to do so, spend some time in nature. Even if it is just in your back garden. Remember all the positives that nature brings to our wellbeing. Sunlight increases vitamin D and regulates serotonin. All those natural mood boosters and sleep improvers!
6) Focus on hope. Even in these stressful and scary times, people are looking after each other and there is so much kindness in the world.
7) Finally, make sure you limit the amount of time you spend reading about Coronavirus or watching news/programmes about it. It is understandable that you want to keep updated but constant updates can also stoke your anxiety.
Let us know how you get on,
The OutdoorCure Team x