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For those of us who suffer from anxiety, it is difficult to talk about it with the people around us. It is nothing to be ashamed of but opening up and feeling judged is not easy. The pandemic and the consequence of confinement in our homes has given us a chance to break taboos. For the first time, many will experience episodes of anxiety and we have a responsibility to make them understand that it is normal and there is nothing wrong with that and to offer them understanding. In fact, it is a sign of being alive.
If you have suffered a crisis before this situation it will be almost easier to endure, because you already know yourself and have established a connection with yourself and know how to act. Many psychologists have already warned that emotional health would be a big consequence of quarantine. Surely, at some point during these days of isolation you have felt strange or restless, unaware of what is happening to you.
Tremors, chills, discomfort or pressure in the chest… it is anxiety and it goes away; you are not going to die. The body reacts to this state of alarm and becomes alert. There are methods to calm down and breathing is the real key, among others. Learning to breathe and focus on abdominal breathing in and out is critical. Meditation is the remedy to give us peace. Here are some tips to help you get through each day in a powerful way.
Anxiety is simply fear of the uncertainty of not having a false control over us, because we do, you decide what to do. The Coronavirus bombardment in news programs and groups on WhatsApp doesn’t help. The head works very fast and independently. Now, we have too much time and we can end up mentally exhausted. That’s why a temporary shutdown is recommended, especially for toxic hoaxes. You know the methods of prevention; you know that we are in a state of alarm and the collaboration of citizens is unavoidable. Remember, “you are not locked up at home, you are safe there“; well, it is enough you do not need more.
Don’t look at the calendar, time is not going to go by any faster no matter how much you look at it. Live day by day and don’t think about the future which, although it is near, is not yet here. Create a schedule and forget the idea “there’s nothing to do”, because there always is. Think of this situation as an opportunity to do everything you never dared to do because of “lack of time”. There is a wide range of possibilities. We are in the Digital Age, not in the Stone Age. Be productive and mature with this stage.
It is important to be positive, if you think you are not, you must educate your mind. Write five things every night to be grateful for and don’t repeat them. Be thankful for having a family, a house… these are simple things, but as the days go by resources run out. For this reason, you will be more aware of the little things that bring a smile to your face. Talk to yourself and do it well, with love, do not be angry with the person who will always be with you. You and yourself must be the best of friends and it is necessary that you know and understand each other.
Exercise is fundamental. If the only sport you’ve ever done is barrel lifting, it’s time to open the door. Start for 15 minutes and continue, you will see that you will like it. That moment you dedicate to yourself takes your thoughts to a different place. Stop thinking about the outside, it’s a break you’ll appreciate. It’s important to create routine.
Our lives have turned faster than the world itself has been able to. This drastic stop can be seen in two ways, one toxic, i.e. seeing the immediate need to return to “normalcy”, or the opportunity to reflect on the speed of our journey. Perhaps this will help us to be patient again, to know how to wait and not feel this constant pressure over time.
Living together, no, constant living together is really hard. Maybe this country will finally lose the taste for “Big Brother“. Emotions are running high and nerves are pushing us to be more impulsive. Go back to calm, it’s better to have peace than reason. Calm and well-being is the goal to make us feel less anxious.
And again another opportunity arises. It’s time to be family again. You live with it every day, but the quarantine has given us back that unity and its true meaning of support and support. Yes, it is possible to meet again your wife, your parents, your brothers or yourself and like it or not, but it is necessary to do it. You have to see the glass as half full. And of course, you have to know and accept that we will get out of this, but we will be more aware and aware of the small details.
Anxiety is a state of mind that can be controlled; many experts call it the contemporary social disease. It is important to talk about it because you will realize that it is not a problem and also that it is not exclusive.