Coping With Anxiety During The COVID-19 Pandemic
For those who are suffering from anxiety or need some to talk to during this difficult time, there is help.
According to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, it is common for someone with an anxiety disorder to also suffer from depression or vice versa.
During these uncertain times it is easy to feel overwhelmed and insecure about what is going on in the world however there are outlets that can help even under the stay home order.
I myself have been feeling anxious as of late, – this, of course, is all due to what is happening around us especially if you are alone during self-isolation.
While some of us are still leaving our homes to go into work, the majority of people are homebound and high anxiety levels, depression and loneliness can easily take over.
To help ease anxiety and depression there are safe ways to see others, such as checking in via phone or video, or by taking a walk around your block in your neighborhood.
Practicing mindful meditation helps me to chill out as I take mental notes of all that I am grateful for in the present.
Staying busy is also great as it helps divert your focus – you could try making art, working on a puzzle, doing housework, journaling, gardening, watching a movie or listening and dancing to music.
You could also try joining a virtual book club, take an online cooking class or experience zoos, museums and aquariums online.
Pets are also a great way to help ease anxious feelings and you may consider fostering a pet at this time especially since Animal Services are in need of foster homes for pets that still remain in shelters.
As we all do our best to try to adjust to a new normal, it is crucial to stay focused on the present moment rather than dwelling on fears of the future.
If you are experiencing anxiety or depression there is help – check out the list below for some helpful information and if you need someone to talk to call:
Anxiety Hotline at 1800-273-TALK or Text CONNECT to 741741