If you are experiencing anxiety because of the pandemic, please know YOU ARE NOT ALONE!
Because of the increasing cases of COVID-19 patients, the enhanced community quarantine, budgeting, and other related news, people are starting to show heightened symptoms of anxiety. For this reason, Brandbuzz headed by Ms. Clara Alegria, invited mommy Fleur Rubio-Sombrero to share some tips on how to manage anxiety and stress due to COVID-19 to the #BBmommas. (will share about Brandbuzz on a separate blog)
TIPS TO MANAGE ANXIETY
Here are my takeaways from the online talk made by Mommy Fleur (sidenotes are mine):
- Pray, pray, pray – God is always there to listen to our worries. In the Bible, Jesus talked about anxiety and worry a few times, but this one is my favorite:
“Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus”
- For mommies, only think of things that you can control – We have no control over COVID-19, until when it will last, or how people behave about it. What we can do is focus on how we can reduce the risk of becoming infected.
- Stop reading or watching anything that will increase your anxiety – it is good to stay informed especially updates from the government but limit the time you check for updates. Make sure that you are only getting updates from legitimate sources like the Department of Health or the World Health Organization so as to protect yourself from fake news.
- Establish a daily routine – this is important even when we just stay at home all day. It gives us the feeling of being normal and it signals our brain that we are on our typical day.
- Do something that you like or make you happy (allot at least 1hr a day for your sanity) – if cooking makes you happy, then cook. Clean your house, read, play with the kids, or paint your nails. It doesn’t matter what you do as long as it makes you happy and takes your mind out of your worries.
6. Set realistic goals that you can accomplish – do not do every interesting activity that you see on social media because it will cause you more stress and pressure. Take note of the things that you can do per day and work on your own pace.
7. Find someone to talk to – someone who will understand and not judge you. Talk to someone who is ready to listen – family, relatives, friends, or even a medical professional.
8. Start a journal or a personal blog – This is tried and tested. Write down five things you are thankful for. Pour out your thoughts, feelings, frustrations, your worries, and everything that’s bothering you on your journal or your personal blog. When you calmed down and feeling better, you can read and reflect on what you’ve written.
9. Get into essential oils – there are studies showing that specific essential oils can relieve stress and relax the body. If you are not into essential oils, well, there’s no harm in trying.
10. Meditate – “Meditating helps us stop overattending to our thoughts and feelings and “allows us to get off the wheel, catch our breath, and get some perspective.” – Psychcentral.com
11. Watch your diet – Avoid caffeinated drinks, citrusy food, chocolate, alcoholic beverages, and cigarette as they can make you palpitate. Drink more water.
12. Help others – helping others can reduce our stress, take off our minds to our own problem, and gives us a sense of purpose. Just make sure that you are really helping others because you want to.
13. Exercise to release endorphins – I’m not really sure how it works but according to WebMD, “These endorphins interact with the receptors in your brain that reduce your perception of pain.” They also noted that exercise ward off anxiety and feelings of depression.
I hope these tips to manage your anxiety will help you as much as it helped us, #BBmommas.