HAVE YOU BEEN FEELING ANXIOUS LATELY? HERE'S 8 WAYS TO TACKLE ANXIETY BETTER
1. Start meditating often.
Practicing meditation is proven to be an effective way to manage your stress and anxiety. It can also be used as a relaxation technique for a panic disorder. Meditation helps you slow down your racing thoughts, let go of negativity and calm your mind and body.
Considering the busy schedules of the healthcare workers at the moment, a quick 5 minute exercise can prove to be helpful too.
2. Cook something from scratch. Search a new recipe, find out all the ingredients and begin!
With this pandemic in the background, resources are limited. Try cooking from everything available at home for your loved ones. During this lockdown you can definitely browse and save all the recipes you would love to try!
In the following article, published by the Washington Post, the author quotes experiences of how cooking helped. "In the 90 minutes it took me to cook eggplant Parmesan for my in-laws, I found myself so immersed in the task that I temporarily forgot about everything going on — the endless worries and what-ifs that I too often dwell on and which can ruin my day," says the author in this article.
Cooking has proven to be therapeutic and has helped a lot of individuals cope up with their anxieties better.
3. Write down your feelings. Maintain a diary.
Write down how you feel. Don’t hold back while you are writing. Let your thoughts flow, it helps clear your mind off all the fast-paced thoughts. There have been numerous studies that demonstrate the effectiveness of journaling for health, happiness, and stress management. You can use a computer, a notebook/journal, your mobile phone or just a pad and paper.
In this article, Journaling Is a Great Tool for Coping With Anxiety various ways of journaling are given. Read it and find your pick.
4. Take a refreshing shower.
In this Popsugar article, the author explains how other methods of calming anxiety failed for her and found the perfect solution for her anxieties in a refreshing shower.
Try doing this on your day off from duty. Soak yourself in the peace of the moment. Let the warmth calm you, and feel safe.
5. Try watching ASMR videos.
Coined in 2010, ASMR (autonomous sensory meridian response) is a relaxing technique where the sensation begins from the scalp and moves down the body.
This article from Vox explains why suddenly a lot of individuals started watching such videos and how it has benefited them.
Few video suggestions to help y'all!
6. Plan something fun to look forward to.
Plan something happy and exciting, be it a trip, a day out with friends and family, a special date with your partner or a play date with your children. While you are brainstorming ideas for these things, your worries will stay away. Channelize your energy in executing these plans.
7. Start doing Yoga regularly.
As little as 10 mins of Yoga before you leave your room for work can give a positive boost to your day.
You could also try these yoga poses to keep yourself calm and stress-free.
8. Listen to songs.
Bring all your favourite classics out, play them and sing along to your heart’s content. Music after a busy, stressful day, calms you down and refreshes you for the next one!