Is the uncertain state of the world making your anxiety worse?
Now that we have more time on our hands and an onslaught of changes, your anxiety may be worse than ever before.
Coping with mental illness when dealing with quarantine isn’t easy, but there are still things you can do each day to lessen the impact your anxiety may be having on your life.
Here are four daily tips you can use to ease your anxiety during the COVID-19 quarantine.
1. Take Care of Your Mind and Body
A healthy diet and exercise are important when managing anxiety. Eating a diet rich in protein and low in sugar can nourish your body and brain while giving you the fuel you’ll need to cope with mental illness. Getting regular exercise can help reduce your stress levels, improve your mood, and increase your energy levels.
Taking care of your mind is important, too. Try meditation or yoga to calm your nerves and focus on living in the present.
2. Stick to a Routine
As hard as it may be to have a normal day-to-day routine while largely confined to your house, your mind and body will both benefit. Humans crave comfortable routine and knowing what each day may bring. Try to make your quarantine lifestyle as close to your normal life as you can.
Eat meals at regular times, schedule conversations with friends and family, and exercise regularly. Have a normal sleep schedule that will keep you healthy and ready to get back into a work routine when the world starts to return to normal.
Keeping a routine will give you a sense of normalcy and stability.
3. Avoid Constant Coronavirus Updates
It may be hard to stay away from, but news coverage of COVID-19 can increase your anxiety. It’s good to stay informed, but try not to do too much research.
Having less screen time will also allow you to focus on your real-life and any projects you may have.
4. Get Anxiety Counseling
If you think you need additional help coping with anxiety, don’t be afraid to reach out for help. Talking to a professional can give you a fresh perspective and ideas on how to best handle your anxiety.
Anxiety counseling is a great coping resource that can help you relax and manage your emotions. Even if you can’t find a professional to meet with in person or you’re uncomfortable with being in public right now, you can often find counseling online or over the phone.
Coping with Depression and Anxiety in Trying Times
If you suffer from anxiety, you may find it getting worse now. It’s understandable to be uncertain about your situation or the future because these are strange times, but coping with the anxiety is possible. Seeking counseling with a trusted professional can help.
If you feel that you need additional help with the anxiety, contact us to schedule a complimentary consultation.