July 21, 2020 / Source: The Bizz USA
By Isabelle Sitchon; Edited by Adya Kumar and Haarika Kalahasti
The world is exhausting. That's no doubt, especially during a global pandemic. Whether we are dealing with financial troubles, family tensions, or just the thought of being locked up in our homes for eternity, the anxiety bug manages to crawl up our backs, weighing us down more and more as we try to live our lives. However, that bug doesn't have to control our lives. We can instead take control. So, how should you start?
When do I feel anxiety?
Anxiety is a different experience for everyone. Usually, you'll feel stress when you become nervous or feel weak. A sense of fear may wash over you, and you may feel yourself spacing out. Your vision might suddenly become blurry, and your mind may feel cluttered with thoughts. Several factors can cause these feelings of anxiety. Something that's currently stressing you out may induce anxiety, such as deciding which colleges to apply to as a rising high school senior. In other cases, anxiety can stem from remembering traumatic events, an occurrence known as Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Sometimes, anxiety can be a random occurrence.
How do I deal with it?
Dealing with stress and anxiety isn't an easy task, but there are various ways to manage it.
Setting up for Yourself
Eventually, short-term solutions won't be enough for you to face stress and anxiety. Maintaining control over your life's fears may mean that you have to adjust your lifestyle by building better habits or setting long-term goals. But hold on! Before you start changing your entire daily routine and diet plan, it is vital to come to terms with yourself regarding your state and level of anxiety or stress. Ask yourself: What are my anxieties, and what's causing them? By finding out the cause, you can identify what triggers set your anxiety off. This way, you will be able to prepare or avoid it beforehand. Self-reflection upon your anxieties helps to lessen your encounters with them and helps to improve how you view yourself.
In the Long Run
There are several habits that you can integrate into your life to help manage your anxiety. Here are just a few:
When establishing these practices into your life to control your anxiety, remember to know your limits. If you're not entirely comfortable with getting rid of a bad habit or revising your entire daily routine, that's alright! Vigorously pushing yourself won't help you in your battle against anxiety; it might worsen it. Instead, make an effort to take things one step at a time to improve yourself.
If you feel like you can't beat anxiety no matter what you do, consider seeking professional help. Although COVID-19 is a prominent issue that makes communication difficult, therapists are out there in your area who can help you online. Always remember that there are loved ones who are willing to support you through your battles.
Here is a small list of nation-wide therapist centers: