Even in the course of normal life, most people feel some sort of stress or anxiety from time to time. It’s quite normal and common. Whenever you face an external trigger things start worsening. If you are not taking enough steps to address the stress or anxiety at this early stage, you might require therapy to get it under control. It is very necessary to address these issues during the course of normal life itself. The Corona Virus situation has sent the entire world into a tizzy. It’s an unprecedented time and nobody knows what is going to happen.
So what can you do to at this point in time to address your emotions and mental health? There are a few easy things that you can do to maintain a good state of mind. Here they are –
How do I manage stress?
Stress is a feeling of emotional or physical tension. It can come from any event or thought that makes you feel frustrated, angry, or nervous. A current lockdown is an extreme event and it will tend to make you feel one of these things. Do not panic and check if you are having these symptoms and on what scale to get an idea about your stress levels.
- Frequent headaches
- Lack of energy or focus
- Upset stomach
- Sudden weight loss or gain
- Stiff jaw
- Trouble sleeping
Once you have figured out how stressed you are you can try a combination of the below techniques and see which are most effective for you.
- Try a simple breathing exercise
- Do not over eat due to stress
- Plan your schedule for the next 15 days
- Do some physical exercise
- Learn a new skill online
- Give more time to your hobby if it’s something which can be indoor
- Practice Mindfulness activities
How do I manage my Anxiety?
Anxiety is a feeling of unease, such as worry or fear, that can be mild or severe. It is at times a common response to stress. A prolonged period of worrying or fear means that you are suffering from anxiety.
The common symptoms of Anxiety are:
- Excessive sweating
- Feeling restless
- Heart Palpitations
- Too many negative thoughts about the future
In a lockdown situation it’s quite normal to feel anxiety especially about what the future will hold once the lockdown is lifted. Anxiety about your job, finances etc. is quite high during such a time. Here are a few things which you can try at home to help with your anxiety
- Breathing exercises
- Keeping yourself busy doing some productive work
- Practicing Grounding to bring yourself to the present
So these are a few things which you can try to address your stress or anxiety. All of these would work if you are in mild stress or anxiety. If you have high stress or anxiety they would still work but not completely. So if you are going through severe stress or anxiety you will need therapy or counseling. It’s very important to know that if you do not address your emotional state at the right time things will deteriorate quite quickly. It’s suggested that you try at least one session with a good psychologist or therapist online. You will get a much better picture in terms of what is the severity of your condition and what the way forward could be for you. You will have time on your hands as well so it’s best to utilize it and start a discussion with a good therapist. We at Aurum are fully committed to providing the best help possible. We have a panel of expert therapists and counselors who are equipped to address these issues pertaining to the lockdown and even otherwise. So go ahead and give it a try. Do not forget that your health should be your priority and you have to take proactive action to keep yourself healthy.