And I Thought Murder Hornets Sounded Frightening – 4 Ways to Manage Anxiety In a Crisis

Are you serious? Covid-19, country-wide lockdown, then Murder Hornets – and just when we began to be hopeful, our country implodes. We are all striving to do the right thing, to protect the most susceptible from illness, to voice our concerns over anyone being mistreated. It’s enough to drown a peaceful soul in nerves.

Are you drowning in nerves?

But we know that we can’t do anything to better the world if we are not healthy ourselves. So, after a hard day of fighting off disease, racism and all the other evil in the world, here are a few self care techniques to help ease your anxiety.

4 Ways to Calm Anxiety in a crisis

1. Check-in to your happy place

Do you have a happy place – even if it’s only in your mind? Treat yourself to a mini-vacation by visiting your favorite peaceful spot through visualization. Start by getting comfortable, then close your eyes and take yourself there using all of your senses. Do you see something beautiful? Can you smell flowers, or the salty ocean air? Do you feel the wind sweeping over your skin, or the warmth of the sun?

I usually take myself on a trip to the beach or the mountains. Where will you go?

Where is your happy place?

The deep connection between the body and the mind makes visualization a powerful anxiety fighting tool. This method of relaxation not only eases stress. It boosts immunity, decreases chronic pain and helps with insomnia.

2. Connect WITH SOMEONE ELSE

No battle should be fought alone. Refresh your inner warrior by connecting with friends and family, especially if you are prone to anxiety. Multiple studies confirm that loneliness has been linked with physical and psychological diseases of several kinds. One of these is anxiety. Connecting with someone else helps diminish anxiety in several ways, including:

  • Helping you not to feel alone
  • Getting you out of your head and into the real world
  • Changing your mind’s focus

If you are feeling anxious, visit a friend. If a physical meeting is not possible, call them.

Get out of your head and into the real world by connecting with someone else

3. Take care of your body

So much of what we feel psychologically depends on how we treat our physical bodies. You may have heard that 90% of serotonin, the neurotransmitter responsible for well-being and happiness, is made in your gut. That’s right. The gut is where brain function starts. Eating a balanced diet that provides essential vitamins, minerals and bacteria isn’t only essential to outer beauty. It’s the first step to peace and calm.

After that, treat yourself to a good night’s sleep. During sleep, your brain is busy repairing and restoring your entire body. When you are sleep deprived, those processes are cut short, resulting in increased anxiety. Studies show that sleep derivation precedes problems with anxiety 27% of the time. Adding adequate rest to the right nutrition sets your psyche on the fast track to psychological health.

4. Snuggle

Light-up your brain with the feel good hormone oxytocin by snuggling an animal. According to the ADAA, positive human-animal interaction brings on physiological benefits including a decrease in anxiety and an increase of oxytocin levels in the brain. Studies show that these biological responses provide measurable clinical effects. So, cuddle-up!

Cuddle-up

Taking these 4 steps helps to guard against anxiety even in the most worrisome crisis. Nurturing yourself will help you to keep your cool when the world is unpredictable. If cooler heads prevail, we are more likely to stay healthy and make the changes we need in this wonderful world.

Get that CORONA outta my FACE – 3 Ways to Prevent a Quarantine Breakdown

Which of these are you?

🤷🏼‍♀️ A. This virus and the means to control it is just overblown media hype: “This is a sham, a hoax, a travesty!

🤷🏼‍♀️ B. This virus is the precursor to Armageddon, the end of the world as we know it:. “Close everything down until 2025!

🤷🏼‍♀️ C. I wish we knew more about Covid-19. I don’t want to spread the virus, but I can only wear a mask and social distance for a little while longer.

I’m definitely C. I don’t want to get sick, but if I don’t see my sister soon, this girl’s gonna lose it.

Literally me, if I don’t see my sister soon

But, I’m not a medical doctor, biohazard specialist or a politician, so my opinion on this whole thing doesn’t really matter. What does matter is that this shutdown doesn’t psychologically scar us for life. Some days I feel like I’m just a teensy baby-step away from full blown psychosis. So, I did a little research and found 3 ways to prevent a quarantine breakdown.

  • 1. Empower Yourself with Acceptance

You may not realize that you are right, smack in the middle of the grieving process. For the last month, your entire way of life has been stripped from you. Don’t underestimate or belittle the depth of how that makes you feel. But, here is the good news: just the act of accepting what “is” and how it makes you feel is incredibly empowering. Feelings can be scary, but they are your body’s way of telling you that something is off.

If you fear your own anger and heartache, feelings can seem like a flesh-eating beast that would be best ignored. But, suppressing one’s feelings doesn’t make them go away; that sneaky beast always finds a way to escape and make itself known. The only way to move uncomfortable emotions on and out of your body is to acknowledge them and let them dissipate.

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Empower yourself by accepting what “is”
  • 2. Don’t Isolate Yourself with Hatred

Researching this virus ’til our eyes bleed has led some of us to believe certain things about its origin, how it is spread, how well or poorly the response was handled, etc. You must remember: not everyone will agree with your findings. Don’t further isolate yourself by harboring hatred or spewing it at a neighbor with opposite beliefs. Stand up for what you believe, but do it with kindness, understanding that the object of your rage may be fighting something internally that you are unaware of. Plus SCREAMING a message is not usually as effective as whispering it.

Not everyone will agree with your beliefs
  • 3. Remember The Good Things That Are Happening

Don’t get so focused on the pandemic that you forget that there are still good things happening. Great changes come when we feel uncomfortable, and this virus has caused me to stretch into territories I would never imagine.

About a year ago, I was asked what my hobbies were. As a mom, I’ve taken care of others for so long that I had no idea what I like to do myself (yes, that is sad). 6 weeks at home will change that. I now have 6 hobbies, things I love to do! They bring hope, reminding me that there is a big world out there waiting for me to conquer it when this is over.

What will you conquer when this is over?

6 weeks at home also go a long way in home projects, upgrades, organization and gardening. My house has never looked better.

All this to say: don’t lose hope. Try to celebrate the little things. Everyday miracles abound for those seeking them.

Remember: eventually, this too shall pass!