I think most of us have had our panic-stricken moments with Covid. When we consider the possibility of being stuck at home for several weeks without being able to leave. When we wonder if our elderly, sickly parent will pass away soon and, if so, will we be able to go to their funeral. Or will we be able to have a funeral. When we realize the person who sits a few desks over from us has come down with the virus – and we wonder if we’re next.
Panic is an understandable reaction to all the above situations – but I don’t recommend it. Giving way to anxiety, fear and worry only makes things worse. And if we go into full-blown panic mode our brains freeze up and stop working altogether. They get stuck in, “oh-my-gosh-what-do-I-do-now?” mode.
So even if events around you are striking fear in your heart, here are healthier ways to react. Trust me, you’ll think, act and feel better if you use them.
· Take deep breathes. When we become anxious, we breathe quickly, shallowly and irregularly. Because our chest cavity can only expand and contract so much, it can be difficult to get enough air in. Deep slow breathing gets more air into your body, calms your nerves, reduces anxiety and stress and even improves your thought processes. It can take some practice but it’s totally worth it.
· Start exercising. I realize that for many of you, this may be the last thing you feel like doing, but it really does help. Do some cardio exercise that gets your heart going. Things like:
o Brisk walking
o Roller blading
After a good workout you’ll feel better, calmer and
able to think more clearly. Totally worth a little sweat!
· Connect with others. This one can be tricky if you’re stuck at home. But if you are quarantined, connections are more important than ever. So make it a point to either get together with family and friends in person, or schedule regular Facetime or Skype calls. Knowing people you care about are there for you can be comforting.
· Start giving yourself different messages. Tell yourself (often!) that things are going to improve and that you’re feeling calmer. Even if you don’t believe it. There is a ton of research showing that our brains not only start believing the messages we give them, they actually start making them come true as well. So repeat to yourself, “I feel calm and relaxed, I feel calm and relaxed” – over and over (and over!). It works!
· Go outside. Yes, you can go outside even if you’re quarantined inside. In fact, it’s a good idea. Research shows that catching the virus from people you pass while walking a safe distance away is extremely unlikely. Being outside lowers anxiety and depression, improves your mood, boosts creativity and increases focus, creativity and concentration.
You’ll notice that all the above are natural and healthy activities. No drugs, chemicals or invasive procedures are involved. Hypnosis also fits into those categories as well and can be a relaxing, easy, enjoyable way to deal with anxiety and stress. It can also be done in person or online. So if you’d like to try it give a local hypnotist a call – or contact us. We’d love to help!