Stuffing your feelings inside won’t help you cope with the uncertainty of a pandemic. It can make you feel even more stressed and anxious in the long run. It’s important to allow yourself to feel fear every once in a while. However, you shouldn’t dwell on this. Let yourself feel it, then take steps to reduce your anxiety. It’s also helpful to share your feelings with people you trust. Simply talking through your anxious feelings can help them subside.
Find an Outlet
When you experience high levels of stress, it’s important to find a healthy outlet for your energy. Some people find that dancing helps them feel more relaxed, while others may prefer engaging in a soothing hobby. Here are some examples of popular activities that help relieve stress:
Listening to music
You may need to try a variety of things before you discover what outlet works best for you. You may even find that being active works one day, but the next day you respond better to quiet, relaxing activities.
Get a Chiropractic Adjustment
There are many benefits of seeing a chiropractor regularly. Regular adjustments can minimize frequent aches and pains and can also reduce your stress levels. Your body produces an increased number of “feel-good” hormones after a chiropractic adjustment. These hormones include Cortisol, Neurotensin, and Oxytocin.
When you focus on everything that’s changing right now, it’s easy to become overwhelmed. It’s much healthier to put your focus on things in your life that have stayed the same. For example, are you still staying in touch with people you love? Do your plants still need regular watering and care? Are you still following your normal daily hygiene routine? If you aren’t, get back into your weekly routine, so things don’t feel so chaotic. Though things around you are changing, your life can remain relatively the same as long as you focus your efforts on things you can control.
Think About Hard Times You’ve Already Overcome
No one’s life has been smooth sailing. Everyone faces and overcomes challenges. To help you get through the current pandemic, think about other hard situations you’ve overcome. Think about how those situations made you stronger. Dwell on the fact that you made it through hard times before, and you can do it again. Positive thinking is more powerful than you realize.
Take a Break
When the news is full of stressful stories, you’re bound to react negatively. Even social media can overwhelm you with stories and opinions that cause you anxiety. To maintain a healthy mindset, it may be time to step away from news and social media. Put your phone down and only pick it up when you need to call someone. Take time to get outside and soak up the sunshine. Give your mind a break from constant negativity and bad news.
If you’ve never given meditation a try, now’s the time to do it! Meditation takes practice, but anyone can master it over time. When you meditate, you learn how to attain calmness in your mind and body. Meditation allows for mental clarity that can help you reach and maintain a stable mental state.
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