10 Mindful Ways To Cope With Anxiety During Times Of Crisis
Your mind is more powerful than you imagine and stress, fear and anxiety are very harmful to the body and spirit. The following 10 tips will help you reduce these negative emotions and take a hold of your life once again.
1. CONNECT WITH THOSE WHO EMPOWER YOU
It’s crucial to be selective about the type of energies that are around you at such times. Try to connect and surround yourself with those who empower you and not those who will bring you down and multiply your anxiety.
Positivity and faith in our future is a great ally.
2. TRY TO CONTROL YOUR ENVIRONMENT
A stressful environment will bring about anxiety. Try to calm down and quiet your environment. Prevent loud noises. This is especially true if you live in a busy household. These are special times and will not last for long, ask all in your household to help keep things quiet. If some members of the household must listen to anxiety-ridden type of media, make sure they use headphones.
3. LISTEN TO CALMING MUSIC
Play calming music in your environment. Mozart is a god. His work has incredible healing and realigning properties. On YouTube look for “Relaxing Mozart.” Also on YouTube there is a large selection of frequency-based healing sounds, usually defined by Hertz cycles. Look for 528 Hz healing sounds and music. New Age and Ambient music will also work well; so do soft rock and soft jazz.
4. USE SIMPLE BREATHING TECHNIQUES
Sit quietly and take deep breaths. With your eyes closed, inhale deeply through your nostrils, hold for a few seconds and exhale through the mouth. Try this a few times, anytime and anywhere. You can also try this (with your eyes open of course) if stuck in bad traffic and other such situations.
Even 3 minutes of meditation will do wonders. It goes without saying that meditation will not be possible if you are constantly being interrupted by people, situations or notifications. Therefore, try to quiet your environment first.
Meditation’s multitudes of benefits have long been confirmed by medical and scientific communities. Anyone can meditate. If you are new to meditation, just remember, anyone can meditate. Your goal is to learn to calm your mind and body and especially to reduce the harm that anxiety places on your body.
Sit quietly and comfortably. Close your eyes. Use the breathing techniques from the previous point. After 4 or 5 cycles of deep breathing, quiet them down and silently repeat to yourself “I Am.” This phrase is simple. It’s nondenominational, non-dogmatic and most importantly doesn’t cater to some weird entity. It will not interfere with your current beliefs either. As your breathing slows and your mind quiets down, continue with internally repeating “I Am,” while focusing on that phrase and gently listening to your quiet breathing.
6. MOVE ABOUT, WALK, DANCE AND EXERCISE
Move about. Dance around to some of your favorite music. Exercise, if you can. Go for walks. You don’t need to belong to a gym to exercise at home. Yoga would be great, but simple stretching and cardio are also good. Again, if you need to, YouTube has plenty of movement videos to move to.
7. DIY, ARTS, AND CRAFTS
Keep yourself occupied with arts, crafts, and DIY projects. All options are good, whether working on a car, motorcycle or bicycle, or drawing, gardening, fixing things around the house, cleaning and on and on…
8. DRINK PLENTY OF WATER
Keep hydrated. A body under stress gets dehydrated very quickly. Drink plenty of water.
9. MIND WHAT YOU EAT
Now that people have hoarded a year worth of supplies and goods and have nowhere to go but to sit in front of their TVs and watch intentionally manipulative and fear-inducing content passed on as “news” and gorge themselves on cupboards full of packaged and canned foods, that could only contribute to the current obesity and health crisis. Don’t be that person. Mind what you eat and drink. Try to keep as healthy as possible. It doesn’t matter your diet, but try to practice portion control.
10. USE SIMPLE AFFIRMATIONS
Affirmations are affirming internal sayings that one can repeat to her/himself. They aren’t the fix-all solution that some may believe but they do offer a simple internal re-programming.
You can repeat phrases like, “I am calm,” “I am peaceful,” “everything will be OK,” “I am powerful,” “I can handle this” and other such phrases. Again YouTube is your friend with tons of affirmations videos ;)
We can’t prevent crisis (COVID-19, hurricanes, earthquakes, personal losses, etc.), but we should not allow such extreme stressful situations to cause damage to our minds, spirits, and bodies. You’re being challenged now to handle fear and to grow stronger. Stay true to your higher self.
Accept the challenge and rise above fear!
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