The world, as we know it is changing, we all can feel the shift. The COVID-19 pandemic and call for justice in the fight against police brutality have brought the country to its knees. This environment takes a toll on your mental health. Incorporating a few of these tips into your daily life will reduce stress and combat anxiety.
1. Take Social Media Breaks
Social media can be great for entertainment and a platform to connect businesses with their audience. However, it is essential to monitor how much time you spend scrolling down your news feeds and tapping through stories. In addition to monitoring your time, focus on following accounts that promote positivity, and good vibes. Protecting yourself from constant negativity is vital to your mental health.
2. Create a Go-To Playlist
Music is healing. No matter if you've been playing Meg thee Stallion's Savage ft. Beyonce on repeat or blasting You Should Be Sad by Halsey, you can always find a group of songs to vibe out. Create a playlist that allows you to escape from reality if only for a few minutes. This much-needed break will rejuvenate your energy, helping you keep anxiety at bay.
3. Adjust Your Morning Routine
Quarantine has interrupted many of the routines we've worked so hard to cultivate. However, how you start your morning is critical to the success of your day. Develop a morning routine that includes an early start. This ensures there is time for you to meditate, review your to-do list, and also one thing that brings you peace like going for a walk or sipping your favorite hot tea!
4. Write it Down
When you start to feel overwhelmed, write down what's making you feel anxious at that moment. You can do this on your phone or in a notebook. Being able to visualize your feelings helps you take control and makes fears seem less daunting. It can also be helpful to make time every day to write in the morning or at night.
5. Schedule Periodic Timeouts.
Many of us have transitioned to working from home, so work/life balance has become a blur. Whether you schedule 30 minutes every few hours to zone out with few youtube videos or have frequent 5-minute deep breathing sessions, be intentional about your me-time. A popular technique used to calm anxieties is called Box Breathing. It is simple, inhale for 4 seconds, hold for 4 seconds, exhale for 4 seconds, hold for 4 seconds, and repeat the cycle 1-3 times.
6. Replace the Caffeine
Caffeine and sugar exacerbate anxiety. Try drinking more water throughout the day. It may take time for your body to adjust, but adding a brisk walk and better hydration will help power you through the tired feeling.
7. Establish a Support System
Don't try to tackle your emotions on your own. Tell a few of your close friends and family members about the anxiousness you feel. Let them know you're triggers and how they can help you when you begin to feel overwhelmed.
You've got this. You are stronger than you think.