How to Cope with Anxiety (in the time of social distancing)
Is it normal to experience stress and anxiety at this time? YES. It absolutely is. Almost everyone's life has been touched by the pandemic. Whether you have had to close and pivot your business somehow, are now working from (possibly with your kids) or even if you are still going to work like normal everyday errands are anything but normal experiences now.
The uncertainty and unknown can certainly cause energy draining anxiety. Let's look at some different ways anxiety manifests and how you can cope.
Fear & pressure that you put on yourself to accomplish a 'large' task, while quarantined at home. Feeling that everyone else is being far more productive than you during this time. It is okay to take time to let everything soak in, to rest, to just be.
If the pressure becomes to much, reach out and talk to someone such as a loved one, friend or even an online therapist from a resource like Talkspace.
You aren’t required to do more nor be more during this time. Remember that expecting this of yourself with all the excess mental weight you’re carrying – isn’t fair.
Emotional eating is a more traditional form of coping with anxiety. We stress eat when we feel anger, sadness, or uncertainty. Unfortunately being forced into a stressful situation like social distancing now acts as a trigger.
The first step to curb stress eating is to notice it, acknowledge it and ask yourself if you are truly hungry or stressed. Awareness gives you the freedom to choose and be mindful.
There are no "good" and "bad" foods. We don't need to feel guilty. Instead, try keeping nutritious snacks on hand and pre-portioning food to keep yourself satisfied but not sick from over-eating.
Everyone needs human interaction to thrive emotionally, because strong social bonds strengthen people’s mental health. Everyone is suffering to an extent - introverts and extroverts alike!
Finding a community on Instagram, Facebook and Pinterest can be helpful. Make time to chat with your family, friends, and coworkers using apps like Zoom or House Party.
Now (more than ever) human interaction is needed, even if it’s through a digital lens! No matter the form of communication, take time out to talk, laugh, and be open with the meaningful people in your life.
Wherever you are, I hope you are well. If you are struggling, reach out to your friends, family, even just a post on Facebook will bring forth kind souls who care. There's always someone out who cares even if you don't know it. This too shall pass. Take care!