If you’re like me and thought this would all be over in a couple of months, then you might be feeling anxious. Why? Because your first intuitive thought was wrong. It now makes me start to second guess all my thoughts and play through the, “what if’s.” Eventually you end up paralysed with inertia because you have played over in your head so many scenarios you don’t know which one to choose.
Death by over analysis if you will excuse the language.
I’ve always thought of my self as a glass half full, however, lately I’m starting to believe that’s changed. Along with many other people I am having to think about how I get through today, stay positive, remember to smile and to wear my face mask.
Exercise has certainly helped; it feels tough to start with but when you’ve finished it feels great. You have a sense of achievement and well-being which lasts for hours.
Living in the moment helps, focusing on what is happening today and working remotely or from home means that the possibilities of interaction with others is greatly reduced. These interactions affect our mood and emotional well-being. By taking the moment we can anchor ourselves into how we are feeling and be aware of our thoughts and feelings before we respond. Being aware of our emotions at the time allows you to tap into that emotion and start to ask questions of yourself. Possibly think about an alternative response to the first one that pops into your head. How liberating is that you have choices!
If you feel stressed take some deep breaths and slow the heart rate. Stress makes us think of a threat and we are wired to respond in a familiar way, this may not be appropriate in every situation so try to stay focused in the present. You can do this by thinking about 5 things you can see, 5 things you can hear and 5 things you can smell. I can guarantee by doing this you will come back to the present and reduce your stress. Start to feel in control and less anxious
Be kind to yourself and to others.
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