What’s happening in the world now is unprecedented and just plain unsettling. This time the panic is not about just you. Everyone’s feeling it. The entire world is having one giant and communal panic attack.
But even in those times, we can take steps to feel as happy and as calm as we can be—and in doing so, we help ourselves pass through a crisis more effectively.
Keep moving, Stay fresh!
In the time of crisis, whether personal on a world wide’s scope, many people tend to cocoon indoors and shut all activities and realities off. This is a major factor in postpartum depression and anxieties of a crisis. It is important to maintain a healthy lifestyle. That incorporates working out, breathing fresh air, feeling the sun, and even going for a walk and seeing other people. This will remind you that no matter what, life goes one. Literally, life goes on.
Surround yourself with positivity.
It is easy to get swept away in the flood of news – credible or not – on all the media outlets we have access to, which is why it is important to practice self- control over your own thoughts. Stop yourself from fetching for and imagining the worst-case scenario. Instead, let go of negative thoughts and refocus your mind on something positive, no matter how small. Take breaks from watching, reading, or listening to news stories, including social media.
Stay in touch with loved ones.
A worldwide crisis can leave you anxious about feeling helpless, however, it is important to remember that you are not going through it alone, so do your best to stay connected especially those who induce a sense of calm rather than chaos. Whether it is virtually during a pandemic or face-to-face otherwise, it is a thumb rule to stay connected to friends, neighbors, your adult children, anyone who matters to you.
Allow yourself to feel it all.
Beating anxiety’s thumb-rule is to not get anxious about feeling anxious. It’s so true. Let yourself feel it, and know you’re not alone in feeling that feeling. Through it is the only way to inner peace. They will subside, only to return again; they will arrive uninvited for as long as we live. So don’t be hard on yourself when you can’t shut yourself off from fear and pain — your own and the world’s.
It is important to shift your focus away from the problem. So start using the time to achieve things you didn’t have time to do before, such as cleaning out closets, organizing the garage, and trying out new recipes. Invest time in new or your current talents, as there are real healing impacts of making art, singing, journaling, and being useful to others. You can learn to juggle, practice guitar, write that novel you’ve been meaning to write, or finally update your resume.
Don’t be afraid to ask for help.
Sometimes it is not enough to just connect with others, but important to let someone know how you’re feeling. You might be surprised by the ways they offer to support you. Grab some other clear-thinking person to ask what she thinks about the current crisis. It is hitting everyone hard, but some people will have more lightness about it than you, and that can lift you up.
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