By Samar Khan
Whether you’re working from home or you’ve started to commute – anxiety is a perfectly valid and common experience for many of us. In the midst of a pandemic, it is only natural that our bodies and neurological instinct operates in such a way – we have evolved to protect ourselves against negative characteristics.
Although much of the time it can cause negative or concerning emotions; the physical and mental responses subsequent to anxiety can actually be positive. For example, those who are more aware and concerned for their wellbeing during this time, are more likely to isolate themselves or wear a mask as a result of being conscientious. Nevertheless, we all need space to calm our anxieties.
Today I have compiled a few methods that will stable consistent mental anxieties in efficient ways, so that you can prioritise your health whilst continuing with life’s demands.
How does anxiety occur?
Anxiety causes disproportionately high levels of stress or worry as a result of emotional triggers. These triggers can be environmental, genetic or part of your brain chemistry as a result of lifelong worry depending on extenuating circumstances. The consequences can be: tiredness, physical/muscle tension, poor sleeping patterns or low concentration ability. Here’s some tips to help you begin tackling anxiety, and preventing these consequences.
Be in control of materialistic occurrences
Presentation coming up? Busy schedule? Make sure you are entirely organised – as much as you possibly can be. If you haven’t got one – buy a diary. Play some calming music (whatever this may be for you) and in your spare time ensure that all dates and events are up to record in your diary. We often feel more anxiety in circumstances that are out of our control. If you can manage the materialistic things in life, you can both distract yourself by organising in addition to clearing up unexpected surprises when the date comes.
“Nothing diminishes anxiety faster than action” - Walter Anderson
Remember to live life one day at a time
Yes, you have to be organised. However, don’t use your spare time to burden your thoughts with worry about what a specific day will bring. Book your days, and take a break. After all, you can never predict your emotions. You may feel entirely confident on a day where you had perhaps thought you would be nervous. Handle your emotions as they come, so that they don’t spiral. You are doing great day by day – do your best job for the day’s tasks. When you have time to spare, do the things you love. Take walks, meditate , exercise and spend time with your family and friends. This will help you focus on the present.
Take time for yourself to complete hobbies
Whether your schedule is packed or not, you must take time every day or every other day to adhere to activities you love. This includes physical activity and exercise – this balances out blood pressure and allows you to channel your energy into safe spaces. Otherwise, you can meditate with music, knit or sew, or baking and cooking is always great too! Try and do these before a reasonable bedtime (between 9 and 11:30) Additionally remember – don’t use social media excessively (especially up to 2 hours before sleep!). Try and limit yourself to 5 hours a day if possible.
Communicate your feelings
When you get caught up in workloads, it’s easy to forget put your feelings aside or just try and deal with them individually. However, for many of us, that isn’t enough to deal with anxiety. It is fantastic to reach out to others; whether this be friends, family or professionals who are emotionally available to listen and respond to your feelings. This might help with the level of anxiety you have – but make sure that you don’t neglect self-care at the hands of these discussions.
Stay safe and positive!