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Dealing with anxiety during a global pandemic

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Help. There’s a killer virus on the loose, the world’s gone insane and suddenly it’s all a bit WTF?! Dealing with anxiety is difficult enough with life’s usual triggers but when we delve into a global pandemic, (in what feels like overnight) lose our jobs, get put on lockdown and a slight cough becomes a MAJOR cause for concern, it goes without saying, anxiety spirals out of control.

We all deal with emotions differently and react differently to different things but if you normally suffer from anxiety, you’ll know exactly what we mean. If you don’t, you probably know someone who does or you may be feeling anxious, worried, stressed or upset since COVID-19 took over 2020.

With so much going on and so many of us struggling to deal with feelings of worry, fear and unsettledness, we thought we’d share five key steps that have helped some of the Debut team control anxiety and feel better in general. **This is not advice from a health expert, just a few simple steps that have made us feel better instantly. Enjoy.

Avoid the news and social media – it’s difficult as we all want to stay informed but everything we consume affects our mental state. Switching off for a while or trying to filter for positive news will help distract and keep you calm during these uncertain times. Turn off your news app notifications, change your filters, ask friends to stop forwarding you stories/updates/ and you’ll notice just how quickly your mental state will improve.

Do something you enjoy – Want to binge-watch Netflix? Do it. Satisfy your sweet tooth craving? Do it. We are often made to feel guilty for taking a break, breaking our healthy eating routine or not being as productive as possible. Now is the time to enjoy the little things that make you happy – guilt-free.

Speak to positive people – with everything going it’s healthy to voice your concerns and talk about the things that are making you worried or anxious. Think of the most positive person you know and give them a ring. Chances are they’ll make you see things from a different perspective and help calm your worries.

Boost your immune system – there’s never been a better time to stock up on vitamin C and get a good night’s sleep. This will not only help you feel better physically but knowing you’re taking care of yourself will instantly make a difference to your mental health

Clear your mind through meditation and exercise – when partaking in either of these activities your mind is focussed and completely clear of any external thoughts. Do this every day and you’ll notice your level of anxiety decreasing day by day.

Found these useful? What are you doing to control your anxiety? DM us on Instagram and let us know.

Words: Lina Bastidas



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