AY About You wants to help our readers take care of themselves, stay refreshed and less stressed with our new weekly feature Wellness Wednesday. Each Wednesday, we will have an article about health and wellness to promote all around well-being. That means physically, mentally and emotionally!
It’s needless to say that the changes and uncertainties associated with the COVID-19 pandemic have made a significant impact in our lives. Whether you are experiencing a difficult time, facing a challenge or trying to make a decision, the feeling of anxiety is common and can be hard to deal with.
According to the Household Pulse Survey by the National Center for Health Statistics and Census Bureau, nearly a third of Americans have reported feeling anxious and depressed since April 23. A recent poll by the Kaiser Family Foundation found that 53 percent of adults indicated that worry and stress related to the pandemic has had a negative impact on their mental health, up from 39 percent in may.
Lauren English, a licensed professional counselor and business development representative at Pinnacle Pointe Hospital, is sharing several helpful ways for individuals to reduce their level of anxiety and cope with precarious situations.
“A lot of things are changing around us during this pandemic,” she says. “We feel out of control and may have ourselves convinced that things may not get better, but luckily there are some strategies that we can use to help us if we feel this way.”
- Pay Attention to Your Thoughts
“Notice when your thoughts slip from a general worry to a catastrophic thought…if you can really take time to notice your thinking and then write down what it is that is causing you to feel that way, noticing is the first step.”
- Focus On What You Can Control
“Sometimes when you’re anxious, you feel so out of control that you don’t feel like you have any control, so you want to really think about the things in your life that you have control over…take time to focus on what you can control rather than what you can’t.”
- Face Your Fears
Psychologist Carl Jung once said “what you resist persists” meaning that resisting and dismissing things will most likely get worse over time.
“Face your fears and think about what it is that is causing all this anxiety and sit with it for a little bit.”
- Visit A Psychotherapist
“If it doesn’t get better, lastly we encourage you to see a psychotherapist or counselor that can work with you to really identify where all this anxiety is stemming from and that’s going to be a great way for you to release some of those thoughts that are triggering that anxiety and really get you on a path to better health in general…”