How To Deal With Anxiety? Here Are 7 Ways To Cope!
I feel like during this corona pandemic a lot of people including myself struggle with anxiety due to worrying about our health, financial situations, uncertain future and a lot more.
So I thought it might be helpful to talk today about anxiety, what it is, what the symptoms are and to share what personally helped me to cope with it the last weeks and months. I hope it will help you guys, too!
Anxiety is our body’s natural response to stress. Everybody has an experience with this feeling of fear, stress and nervousness about what’s to come.
For example a job interview, exam or the wedding day are situations that cause most people to feel anxious, and that’s perfectly normal. It shows us that this particular thing in the near or far future is important to us and pushes/motivates us to do better.
BUT if your anxiety gets extreme, lasts for couple of months and/or is messing with your everyday life and happiness, then it might be more serious. Here are a few common symptoms of anxiety disorders:
rapid heartbeat, sweating, shaking
trouble falling or staying asleep
Now that we know what anxiety and the symptoms are, how to get rid of this overwhelming, anxious feeling and negative thoughts?
1. Face your problems/issues
So one thing that makes anxiety really bad is avoidance. That’s why you should go into full problem-solving mode no matter how hard it is.
Actually often only the beginning, only the starting point is difficult and then the ball gets rolling. If you start solving your problems and start working on the priority on your to-do-list, you’ll immediately feel relief and just so much better!
2. Write your thoughts down
If an anxious thought or worry comes into your head, write it down! This helps to "pull out" those negative thoughts and clear your head. It also helps to realise which one of them are really reasonable and solvable.
Interrupt the worry cycle! Get up and get moving. Exercise is a natural and effective anti-anxiety treatment because it releases endorphins which relieve tension and stress, boost energy, and enhance your sense of well-being.
4. Meditate/take deep breaths
Meditation works by switching your focus from worrying about the future or dwelling on the past to what’s happening right now. By being fully engaged in the present moment, you can interrupt the endless loop of negative thoughts and worries.
5. Educate yourself
There are sooo many smart and helpful books about anxiety and mental health. I can recommend you for example The Subtle Art Of Not Giving a Fuck by Mark Manson. That book is sooo good and helped me a lot to prioritize and put things into perspective!
Be kind to yourself! Find ways to relax. That might be different for everyone. Something like a painting class might relax and bring you relief. Or take some time on Sundays to really pamper yourself. Taking a bath, doing your nails, taking care of your skin and so on :)
7. Talk with your friends/family/partner
Talking can be sooo relieving! It works similar to writing down your thoughts. Pour out your heart to someone you really trust and let it all out! Have a good cry, if you feel like it, don’t hold back. You’ll feel much lighter afterwards.
I hope these tips will help you, too, especially during this ongoing pandemic. I'm sending you much love, you got this babes!
However, if you are experiencing chronic symptoms that are interfering with your life everyday, I think it is important to seek professional help.