If you are suffering from anxiety, remember you are not alone. Anxiety is one of the most common psychological issues in the United States. Around 18% of the population or 40 million people are affected by it in America, according to information provided by the Anxiety and Depression Association of America. The figures might be even higher due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The pandemic has made people uncertain about their job and students confused about their future, while putting a strain on even the strongest relationships. In addition, the on again-off again lockdown restrictions and the fear of getting infected by the Coronavirus aren’t really conducive to peace of mind. This makes the situation even more difficult. If you too are finding it difficult to cope with the current situation, here are some tips to help manage your anxiety.
1. Make a Daily Schedule
Just because you are stuck at home does not mean you should not have a routine. A lack of routine can lead to a chaotic mind, the breeding grounds of anxiety, according to experts at the Institute for Personal Growth. So, each night, try to make a list of things you want to do the next day. The activities can be anything, such as calling your parents, organizing your room, reading a book, or even taking a nap. This will help keep your life organized and give you a sense of purpose.
2. Do Not Obsess Over COVID-19 News
Every single news channel and even social media seems to bombard us with endless coronavirus news and views. Although it is a good idea to stay informed, but constantly looking for information on the pandemic can make you more anxious and stressed. Plus, there is a lot of fake information out there as well. If you wish to get information about COVID-19, limit your time to seek such news to 30 minutes and stick to reliable sources for the information, such as the CDC or WHO.
3. Manage What You Eat and Drink
When we are stressed or anxious, we tend to resort to comfort food, which is more often than not unhealthy. Also, the consumption of alcohol goes up during stressful times, according to an article published by the American Psychology Association. It is vital that you avoid falling into such habits. Unhealthy food and excessive alcohol consumption can increase symptoms of anxiety, depression, and stress.
4. Seek Help
If you feel unable to manage the anxiety on your own, seek professional help. You don’t even need to step out of your home for this. Due to the pandemic and lockdowns, experienced psychotherapists are offering effective online session via video conferencing. However, it is important that you ensure that the therapy sessions are conducted via securely encrypted, HIPAA-compliant video conferencing platforms.
Apart from these, practicing meditation and exercising regularly can also help you manage anxiety.