As we closed 2020 and entered 2021 the feeling was mostly 'will it be as bad as last year'?. Most of us in full or semi lockdowns the feelings of uncertainty about the future fuel the anxiety as we all learn to navigate this pandemic and build resilience.
Anxiety has always been my own personal battle, and many of the clients that come to see me are also suffering, mental-health issues alongside chronic and immune system illnesses have been rising worldwide but now with the global pandemic the latest figures will be higher than ever.
Excerpt taken from the Washington Post on 6 May 2020 says;
Anxiety and depression are rising. The U.S is ill prepared, with some clinics already on the brink of collapse. Three months into the coronavirus pandemic, the country is on the verge of another health crisis, with daily doses of death, isolation and fear generating widespread psychological trauma.
Federal agencies and experts warm that a historic wave of mental-health problems is approaching: depression, substance abuse, post-traumatic stress disorder and suicide. (Wan 2020)
I wanted to lay out a a few simple tips to help you keep calm through the uncertainty of these times.
DAILY RELAXATION ROUTINE
I would suggest keeping it simple so you can keep the routine daily and something that calms your nervous system and puts you into relaxation.
For example BREATH, SELF MASSAGE, GUIDED MEDITATION
Take 2 breaths in and one long exhale
Massage the shoulders, the muscle between the index and the thumb, the feet.
Try my free guided meditation Plasma Pools or any other that relaxes you and allows your conscious mind to slow down
TURN OFF THE NEWS
Don't overwhelm yourself with constant news and drama. Know your boundaries around what information you are consuming and your limit to screentime and devices. Endlessly scrolling through IG or FB also creates internal stress. Often on social media we compare ourselves to others and this can create a negative feedback loop.
These are hard times and you are a human being perfectly entitled to all those hard feelings about it. Don't suppress it or make yourself feel bad about having those feelings or struggling in anyway. Take a compassion break.
A self-compassion break combines the three elements of self-compassion in
an easy way that you can do anytime, anywhere.
It acknowledges that you are in a moment of suffering (things are hard), suffering is part of life (everyone, not just you, goes through hard times), and expresses your desire to be kind to yourself (because at all times you deserve your own love and
kindness). And this is a good tool when you feel that critical voice in your head.
Place your hands on your heart and say the following:
• This is a moment of suffering.
• Suffering is part of life.
• May I be kind to myself in this moment.
• May I give myself the compassion I need.
• I love you, (your name) and I’m here for you always.
Take a few deep breaths, ground your feet into the earth, feel the beating of your heart, and let the moment pass.
PEACE. FAITH. HOPE