I am not ashamed to admit that I am no stranger to mental health issues. Since the birth of my daughter my anxiety shot up and I have been working hard to reduce my anxiety ever since.
If you already suffer from anxiety, a global pandemic is never going to help, but many people are experiencing anxiety for the first time since the crisis began. There are no quick fixes or cures, however, there are few simple steps I take which are my coping mechanisms, that help me deal with my anxiety a little bit better.
Please note, that I am not a professional and I am denitely not a qualified mental health practitioner. I am just sharing my personal views and what I have found works for me. If you are struggling, please seek professional support from your GP or private counsellor.
I am not a breakfast eater, but I find that if Idon’t eat, my anxiety spikes. Trying to think clearly on an empty stomach is hard, so try to eat something if you can.
Not only is this great for your physical health, but also for your mental health. Drink water and avoid sugary fizzy drinks, caffeine and alcohol when you’re feeling stressed, this will not help! When I’m feeling somewhat relaxed, I will treat myself to an iced coffee though!
TURN OFF THE NEWS
If the news fills you with dread everytime you hear the opening credits, turn it off. You know the rules; social distancing, wash your hands, avoid crowded places and wear a mask on public transport (and other public places if you can! Not a rule but y’know, outting it out there!) If you have someone else in your house or even a friend who can watch for you and tell you anything you need to know, do that, so you don’t have to
SOCIAL MEDIA DETOX
Social media is full of wrong information and unhelpful opinions, it can be very overwhelming. Taking time away from your phone and social media platforms to spend time doing what YOU want to do, can so helpful. Also remove, unfollow or even block people on your newsfeed that don’t make you feel good. Your feed, your rules.
FIND A DISTRACTION
When you’re stressed or anxious, the last thing you want to do is be productive. But if
you can find something that will occupy your mind, it will definitely help. I find working on my business is a distraction and I throw myself into work and that distracts me from my worries, even if it’s temporary. That may not work for you, so try to find something that does.
TALK TO SOMEONE
Anxiety, stress and depression is a lonely place. Speak to your friends or family about how you’re feeling. Do not go through this alone. Sometimes just telling someone you’re stressed or anxious is helpful in itself. But don’t let it be the only thing you talk about. Chat about what you’ve been up to, reminisce about “old times”, talk about something that makes you happy.
Don’t forget, if you feel like you’re not coping and your mental health is having a negative impact in your day to day life, speak to your GP or reach out to mental health charities like MIND.