Let’s Talk How to Deal With Anxiety
A long time it’s been. We are right in the middle of uncertain times since the COVID-19 pandemic came upon us. A lot of us may be going through anxious moments, unsure about what the future holds-whether that may be in our health, and that of our family members and friends, financially things may be on a tight balance with lay-offs and decline in business. The world seems to be crumbling and the fact that there is no end in sight to these times may not make these feelings any better. There is no definite ‘How- to’ guide that works for everyone, but here are some tips you can apply to make your days and nights brighter.…..Wishing you love and light from the Lifeway House team.
- Things you can do to support yourself
- Stay informed but take breaks from watching, reading, or listening to news stories, including social media. It’s vital to stay informed so you can follow advised safety precautions and do your part to slow the spread of COVID-19. But there’s a lot of misinformation going around, as well as sensationalistic coverage that only feeds into fear. It’s important to be discerning about what you read and watch.
- Stay connected, even when physically isolated. Evidence shows that asymptomatic individuals can still spread the virus. Because of this, the best way to minimize spread is to practise social distancing. However, social distancing often will lead to feelings of isolation and loneliness, which can in turn exacerbate anxiety and can even impact our physical health. That is why it’s important to stay connected as best we can and reach out for support when we need it, even as we cut back on in-person socializing.
- Take care of your body. Take deep breaths, stretch or meditate. Try to eat healthy, well balanced meals, exercise regularly, get enough sleep and avoid over-indulging in alcohol.
- Make time to unwind. Try to do activities you enjoy. Read a good book, watch comedy, play a fun board or video game, bake or craft something, if you enjoy it- It doesn’t matter what you do, as long as it takes you out of your worries.
- Talk with people you trust about your concerns and how you are feeling.
- For Parents- Things you can do to support your child
- Take time to talk with your child about the COVID-19 pandemic. Answer questions and share validated facts in a way that your child can understand.
- Limit your family’s exposure to news coverage of the event, including social media. Children may misinterpret what they hear and can be frightened about something they do not understand.
- Your children will learn how to cope from you- share how you deal with your own worries so that they can know it is ok if they feel upset and talk with them about how they can handle those feelings. Reassure them constantly.
- Now that schools are closed, create a schedule for learning activities so that they can maintain the routine they are used to, and another for relaxing or fun activities.
- Help them maintain a healthy lifestyle with regular exercise to reduce the levels of stress hormones- good sleeping habits, calm bedtime routines, limited screen or computer time in the evening and a healthy diet.