Social distancing plays an important role in preventing the spread of COVID-19. This doesn’t mean that coping with the disruption in your normal routine will be easy. Previously existing mental health conditions, including depressive and anxiety disorders, can also impact an individual’s ability to cope with isolation. Here are five ways to cope with being …
While every drug or alcohol addict’s individual journey of recovery is personal, the normal path addicts follow after taking the initial step of admitting they have a problem often involves going through a rehabilitation program (either inpatient or outpatient), attending meetings, and then trying to stay on the path to recovery for the rest …
Sunshine Without adequate exposure to sunlight, a person’s serotonin levels can dip low. Low levels of serotonin are associated with a higher risk of seasonal affective disorder (SAD). Go outside, even in the winter. Let the sunshine into your house. Open shades and curtains. Go for a walk, get some fresh air. Bring in some …
Taking care of yourself is one of the most important skills that can help with managing your anxiety. This means making time for yourself. Even if it’s just to take a mid day nap, meditating, listening to music, or simply taking a time out and stepping out can help clear your head and decrease your anxiety.
Practice deep breathing exercises to help slow down your anxious thoughts
Learn what triggers your anxiety. Is it work, family, school, or something else you can identify? Write in a journal when you’re feeling stressed or anxious, and look for a pattern. Writing down your anxious thoughts and getting them out of your mind and onto paper can reduce anxiety
Physical activity can help reduce stress and anxiety. Try heading out for walk or even jog whenever you start feeling anxious.
Do not skip any meals. Remain hydrated and limit your alcohol and caffeine, which can aggravate and trigger panic attacks, and keep healthful, energy-boosting snacks on hand.