Written by Emily Celis, MS, LMFT
Anxiety this is a mental illness that we are all affected by with Covid-19 and one that we can ABSOLUTELY do something about RIGHT NOW to make it better.
But first, what are the symptoms of anxiety?
Feeling restless or on edge
Difficulty concentrating/mind blank
The trick about anxiety is that AVOIDANCE is the #1 thing we naturally use to manage anxiety, and it has the exact OPPOSITE effect of what you’re aiming for.
So, when to seek professional help? Therapy is especially helpful when anxiety is getting in the way of work and home responsibilities, relationships with family and friends, and your basic ability to care for yourself.
How can you manage these symptoms?
Sit still. If sitting still seems like the impossible, dig your heels in and get as stubborn as you need to get yourself to STOP.
Get mindful. Focus on the fine details of something, anything (maybe it’s a certain feature of your child’s face or something about your partner that you haven’t noticed before) and GET LOST IN IT. This stops you from the constant catapult into the future and can bring you right to the place of stillness that is needed.
Move your physical body. When you get moving, it gets you out of your head and into your body. Do this daily and you will be physiologically changing your makeup and pointing the needle that measures your anxiety in the right direction.
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