Over the past year we have experienced a global pandemic, an intense election, recession, and so much more. All of the things that we have experienced have caused us to feel more anxious and worrisome than ever before. Anxiety, as many of us know now includes emotional, cognitive, and physical symptoms. As explained by Very Well Mind in their article Simple Steps to Help You Cope With Anxiety, anxiety includes feelings of fear, negative thoughts, and increased pulse. This brief article about stress by the CDC discusses some of the health issues related to stress as well as some healthy ways to cope with stress.
As we all realized the past year, dealing with the news and uncertainty of Covid-19 has caused anxiety like nonother. I know many people, myself included, have worried more and more about how Covid-19 is going to affect my daily life and the lives of those around me. This article by Help Guide discusses ways to help beat the anxiety related to Covid-19. The article discusses how important it is to take breaks from the news, practice self-care, and stay connected with the people you care about. This article by Health Line provides simple ways to help calm your anxiety in the moment. One great tip that this article provides is to use a grounding object – such as a fidget spinner or even a smooth rock – to help refocus yourself in times of stress, anxiety, or worry.
Although Covid-19 caused an uptick in anxiety, we can feel anxious about anything including watching your child go to school for the first time, having a meeting with your boss, grocery shopping without a list, and so much more. This article by Psych Central provides a few tips and tricks on how to reduce anxiety in the moment and long term. The article notes that it is important to recognize what triggers your anxiety, knowing your triggers can help you to overcome them in the future. Understanding what caused the anxiety is just as important as questioning the thought process during the anxious moment. This article, Do You Live with Anxiety? Here Are 11 Ways to Cope, by Healthline explains the importance of breaking the anxious thought process along with some other important ways to beat anxiety.
Not only do adults get anxious but so do children, especially with all of the uncertainty caused by Covid-19. This brief article by Kids Health discusses some great ways for teens to help manage their anxiety – such as practicing breathing and meditation exercises. This article by WebMD provides ways to stop feeling anxious in that moment through movement, breathing, thought disruption and much more. Although this article might be aimed at adults, the tips and tricks are great for kids too. For more information on anxiety in children check out this resource list by Child Mind.
Remember that everyone gets anxious sometimes, but it’s important to keep in mind that anxiety is fleeting and not the end of the world.