There are so many uncertainties about life at this moment and there are things that are out of your control. Instead of worrying about uncontrollable things or whatever your fears or personal circumstances might be, try to refocus on taking action over the aspects that you can control. For instance, if you lost your job or source of income during a pandemic, you still have the control and energy to search online for work. The same with your health, you may take action by washing your hands often, disinfecting your surfaces, avoid crowds, and looking out for vulnerable neighbors or friends. By shifting your focus, you’ll be able to turn your worry into active problem-solving. All circumstances are different and you might find them in some situations all you can control is your emotional and attitude response.
Deal With Your Emotions Actively
If there are situations that are out of your control, it is easy to feel anxious and scared. You might think that forcing yourself to be positive or trying to put on a brave face will give you the best outcome. However, denying your emotions will only increase anxiety and stress. It might also make you more vulnerable to depression. You can still actively face up to your emotion when you can do nothing about any situation. Permit yourself to experience uncertainty. In that way, you may help yourself to lessen stress and find a sense of peace as you deal with challenges.
Manage Anxiety And Stress
Lessening your anxiety levels and overall stress is a great help you find inner calm, remove any negative thoughts, and better cope with uncertainties.
- Get Moving: Physical activity or exercise is an effective way to relieve stress and anxiety. Try to add a mindfulness element and focus on how your body feels as you move. Be mindful of the sensation of your feet as you dance, run, or walk.
- Relax: Make time for yourself to relax. Choose a relaxation practice such as yoga, meditation, or deep breathing. Try to set aside time each day for regular practice.
- Sleep: Too much worry could disturb your sleep. You might be having a lack of quality of sleep that could fuel stress and anxiety. Improve your daytime habits and take time to relax before bed. It helps you sleep better at night.
- Healthy Diet: Having healthy meals could help maintain your energy levels. It could also prevent mood swings. Avoid processed and sugary foods and try to add more omega-3 fats to give your overall mood a boost.
Preparing lessens feelings of fear. Being calm and being focused on the well-being of yourself and others will help you return to your normal life. Here are some of the tips on how you can manage it;
- If you are taking any medications, make sure you have enough supply for at least 30-days.
- Talk with relatives or friends who don’t live with you about how you can help each other if ever there is one in your household get infected.
- Avoid taking too much alcohol or caffeine.
- Limit exposure to news or images about the current situation.
- Share and talk to others about your feelings and thoughts.
- You can express yourself through writing, drawing, or other forms of art.