The jittery, uncertain feeling that often accompanies anxiety is not one that is fun to experience. Indeed, it is so unformidable that we would do almost anything to stop or avoid it. The good news is that there is no need to go to extreme or unhealthy measures to deal with the anxiety many of us feel in England’s 2nd lockdown. Instead, you can get some simple strategies to manage your stress at this time below.
Will we be able to go back to work soon? When can I see my friends? When can I go to the pub for a drink? Will I have a job at the end of the lockdown? How will the recession affect my home’s value, and will I be able to spend Christmas with my family are all questions burning on the minds of most people right now.
Indeed, there is such uncertainty in addition to the worry of catching Covid-19 that it can feel maddening. Of course, in life, there are rarely any true certainties. However, you can relieve some of the stress you are under right now by taking some steps to reduce uncertainty in your day to day life. One way of doing this is to create a budget for the next few months, so you know you will be able to cover the cost of your bills and Christmas without worry.
You can be proactive in dealing with uncertainty in small things too. For example, if you get a call from an unknown number, you can do a reverse phone lookup to determine who called you and whether you need to respond. The latter being much more constructive than worrying about the worst-case scenario and further adding to your anxious feelings.
Breathing is something that we all do automatically. However, did you know that your mood affects how you breathe and vice versa? Indeed, when we are stressed, our breath tends to become fast and more shallow, which can further compound the situation and make it harder to calm down.
The good news is that you can do a lot to manage your mood by managing how you breathe. A good deep breath or two to start is excellent. Then moving on to square breathing, as this can help not only give your mind something to focus on but also calm down your nervous systems and help reduce the physical effects of anxiety.
Cut down on unnecessary stress
I’ve seen many people tackle cleaning and organisational issues around the house, with the extra time they are spending at home during lockdown. Of course, this is very admirable use of their time. However, whatever you do, don’t think that you have to take on any massive project right now, as these can easily cause extra stress and anxiety.
Instead, why not create a gentle routine for yourself that will act as a grounding anchor through the day, even if you do find yourself straying from it from time to time?
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