Updated: Apr 14, 2020
So, I debated on even writing this blog or not. I definitely don’t have all the answers during this uncertain time, and I’m not an anxiety ninja by any stretch of the imagination. Yet, I’ve remained remarkably chill during all of this—so much so that my husband even commented on it. That’s saying something, because this mind of mine has a lot of anxious thoughts. Plus, I’m a bit of a clean freak, so it’s an uphill battle. Hopefully, what I have found helpful in getting by through these times will also be helpful for you. Take what you want and leave the rest. Here it is friends:
Acknowledge and Vocalize. Acknowledge that things are different and vocalize your feelings. For instance, I walked into a shop this weekend to pick-up olive oil. This is the type of cute shop that you can sample all sorts of olive oils and balsamic vinegars… except, can I? Is it rude to sample now, because I’m touching more things? Is that disrespectful to start sampling? Rather than worry, I asked, “Are you still allowing sampling, or are you distributing samples, or is that something you’d like to stop for now? I honestly don’t know how to act in public anymore.” See, acknowledge things may have changed and vocalize that I feel awkward. Done. The owner of the store laughed, acknowledged she feels awkward too, and that was that. It may sound weird, but doing this minimizes my anxious thoughts immediately.
Identify Your Triggers: For me, it's the constant pandemic news bombardment. Since I work at a hospital, I decided to delete all things pandemic-related (podcasts, social media, etc.) and only read work-related emails that discuss the facts. I also asked my husband to stop playing the nightly news podcast when I’m around, because I immediately felt my stomach churn. I encourage you to listen to your body and find what triggers you.
Move Your Body: If at all possible take walks outside, do an online workout, dance your heart out, or do whatever helps you shake that stress right off.
Reach Out to Friends and Family: Nothing to explain here. It just feels nice.
There you have it. Nothing mind-shattering, yet these four actions have been incredibly helpful for me. I’d love to know, what helps you navigate your anxious thoughts? Which tip from above did you find most helpful? If you felt this blog was helpful, please like it and share it with your friends and family.
With love, Steph