ANXIETY MANAGEMENT TIPS DURING PANDEMIC UNCERTAINTY
by Dr. Virmarie Correa-Fernandez (LABHRT director) & MS Marshall Motsenbocker (Graduate Research Assistant)
Break down current stressors:
Intention is required to manage our difficult thoughts and emotions. One way we can decrease the control anxiety has over our lives is to actually take time and reflect on our thoughts and feelings, as well as how we are coping with them. The process of sitting in our thoughts and emotions rather than constantly distracting ourselves might seem counterintuitive to managing internal states, but it’s actually an effective solution.
What is within my control? What is outside of my control?
“Serenity to accept the things I cannot change, courage to change the things I can and wisdom to know the difference” R. Niebuhr.
Engage in self-care:
Self-care activities are restful and energizing. Virtual work is now the norm, which leads to our work hours often becoming extended. Excessive screen time can be exhausting. It’s important to know what recharges you both individually and with others. As possible, set aside at least one full day of rest, where you are catering to your own wants and needs.
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Although social media is a way in which we can maintain updates, overuse and reliance on it can lead to feeling isolated. To manage stress, it is important to enjoy time with others in person (following current COVID-19 recommendations). Schedule time to connect with important others. Reflect on which connections allow for fun and relaxation, deep discussions, sound advice, and support.
Physical activities are an effective way to release stress and pent-up energy. Try to engage in at least 20-30 minutes of physical activity daily. Get creative with your physical health! Whether it’s taking walks, dancing, going to the gym (safely), or working out at home, maintaining our physical health also improves our mental health! Free virtual classes are also offered.