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Managing anxiety in chaos

This is a chaotic time that we are living now; businesses have closed, jobs have been lost, people are stuck because of cross border restrictions, families living apart, students graduating without a job. If that isn't chaotic enough, I am not sure what is. However, even in the midst of chaos we can find peace and joy while we spend this time to search for our true purpose, build and grow our resilience and perseverance, and also find rest. Finances and patience may be running low but, don't give up yet. Nothing lasts forever.

If you wake up each day to anxiety, worry, stress, fear and you feel this in your body and guts, it is time to do something to channel these excess energy out in a healthy way.

1) Go for a walk or run or do 15 minutes of yoga, or dance. Move.

Sometimes, the best way to stop anxious thoughts is to walk away from the situation. Taking some time to focus on your body and not your mind may help relieve your anxiety.

2) Practice focused, deep breathing. Breathe.

Try breathing in for 4 counts and breathing out for 4 counts for 5 minutes total. Breathe in through your nose and breathe out through your mouth as though you are blowing through a straw.

3) Practice mindfulness. Meditate.

It helps to control your monkey mind. Often times, the mind tends to run ahead of itself and think of all the negative scenarios that can happen. Mindfulness helps you to just observe these thoughts and let them go gently without paying too much attention to it.

4) Write down your thoughts. Journal.

Writing down what’s making you anxious gets it out of your head and can make it less frightening. While you are journalling, think about the kind of life/job you are looking to build. Consider this time as a clean slate given to you to figure your life out.

If anxiety is a regular part of your life, it’s important to find treatment strategies to help you keep it in check. If you’re not sure where to start, it’s always helpful to discuss options with a mental health professional who might suggest something you hadn’t thought of before.


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