It is an uncertain and confusing time at the moment with the explosion of covid-19 into our awareness. We are facing unexpected threats to our security of jobs, health and finances as well as being bombarded by a wealth of different and mostly negative messages from media of all forms. If you already suffer from anxiety this is no doubt making it worse and so I'd like to take this opportunity to offer some suggestions on how to curb those negative thoughts:
Remember to limit your news intake. News is fear-based. You will be fine even taking a whole day off reading or watching any news. Nothing will happen.
-Remember to tune into positive news sites. For example, https://www.positive.news/ to gain balance on what you are allowing into your headspace.
-Read up on how the news is constructed. The study of sociology covers media and mass media and includes subjects sensationalisation which means when one thing erupts, the best way to get more readers is to write more articles about that one thing. This over-inflates the sense of fear and leads to more people wanting to know more sensing an even bigger problem. The result is that the news companies cash in. Remember news narratives, including language and tone of voice are constructed and designed to be the most clickable, buyable and addictive. There is a lot of psychology behind the design of the news. It is more than just a reporting of 'facts'
-Remember others - how can you practise more acts of kindness? Can you check in more often with a relative or older person who may be feeling lonely and isolated and worried for their health?
-Make use of technology! Skype, Zoom, Whatsapp call! CONNECT!
-Get outside as much as you can and get close to nature. Bring nature inside your house by adding extra plants - it will increase your wellbeing if we go into a period of homestaying.
-Meditate - because it's healing, relaxing, calming and a great skill to hone for times exactly like these. Jon Kabat Zinn says to build your parachute before you need it. It helps you to stay present and not worry about the future.
-Use affirmations. Such as "I send love to those who need it" or "This will pass" or "I know that I am supported even if I forget sometimes"
-Remember to eat lots of fruit and vegetables and drink a lot of water. Nutrition is always key to feeling positive as well as staying healthy. Stockpiling of tins and pasta etc has happened but we must remember to be eating a rainbow in order to feel our best and heal through strengthened immunity and more positive thoughts. (Natural food increases positive thoughts and better mental health - we have a brain in our gut that contains as many neurons as a cat's brain and it's constantly commuicating with our cranial brain)
-Create! Because creativity is amazing. You are more skilled than you realise. Draw, write a rap, paint your own portrait, paint with your eyes closed, paint your walls, write a story, learn to knit, cook, redecorate, have a clear out, give yourself a makeover. Discover strengths that you didn't know you had!
-Learn a language! Learning stimulates the brain and achieving makes us feel good. Plus it is another way to CONNECT!
-Remember it will pass. Everything does. Everything must balance, it is the law of the universe. After dark comes light.
Look for the positives - working from home? Less money spent travelling. Less time taken in the morning and more time to self-care: yoga, workout, meditate. We have a lot of people working very hard to find solutions. This applies to toilet rolls, vaccines, more NHS staff and more supermarket food and deliveries. People are amazing in a crisis.
Reach out to me if you feel you need additional support at this time. I am conducting my sessions as usual via Zoom and Skype and love my job especially at this particular time.
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