Managing Anxiety During COVID

Boy was 2020 a year! According to the CDC, 40 percent of U.S. adults reported struggling with mental health or with substance abuse from a study done in late June. From the North American wild fires, George Floyd’s death, Riots, Kobe’s death, Donald Trumps impeachment, Kamala Harris elected as VP, and oh yeah…an ENTIRE PANDEMIC – let’s just say I’m glad we survived.

For some that still have that lingering anxiety that darn 2020 has given us, here are a few tips to help you manage during COVID.

Start your morning with kindness

I mean this really works! After I finish making my bed in the morning, I go to the bathroom to brush my teeth and I have post-it notes with positive affirmations written on them to read as I brush my teeth to get my mind right for the day. Have you ever had a morning start off on the wrong note, then suddenly everything and everyone around you are just horrible after that?

Well, there’s a science behind it!

According to Health Shots, a study from Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience reveals practicing self-affirmations activates the reward center of your brain which include the ventral striatum (VS) and ventromedial prefrontal cortex (VMPFC).

So start your morning with kindness!

And put the phone away for at least for the first 15 minutes of your morning for no distractions. It makes a HUGE difference.

Try this grounding exercise

This is something that has been extremely helpful to me and you can download the PDF I made for you at the end of this post so can download and use it when you need to.

The 5 senses

  • List 5 things you can see
  • List 4 things you can touch
  • List 3 things you can hear
  • List 2 things you can smell
  • List one thing you can taste

You can say these out loud or in your head. Either way will work.

Take baby steps

Kind of like that.

When dealing with anxiety it’s easy to tell yourself things like “I should feel okay” or “There’s nothing wrong, it’s all in my head”. Please go easy on yourself. Give yourself a break. We are humans and unfortunately can not schedule emotions. We don’t wake up one morning saying…

Ahhhhh, today looks like a beautiful day for some anxiety

I hope this helps! Please let me know what you thought of this post in the comment section or social media below. Till next time!

Cindy Pena

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