So we are having such a rollercoaster ride to the beginning of 2021 and I feel anxiety has been a struggle for most as I also have been struggling with it myself. I have even been flooded with thoughts of using smoking cigarettes to help calm my nerves, which thankfully I have not given into. I have also been a source of strength for some struggling with anxiety.
Anxiety is real and I believe it to also be the cause of death for some of the Covid 19 patients who may not be aware of panic attacks and how to deal with them. In the midst of a pandamic that affects ones breathing while being isolated from loved ones for many days. Panic attacks are bound to be at their peak and if one has never been exposed to the nature of anxiety and panic attacks, I doubt they would be able to differentiate between a panic attack and a Covid 19 breathing challenge as panic attacks come as Chest pain or discomfort. Chills or hot flushes. Fear of losing control and fear of dying.
According to http://www.goodrx.com, “Anxiety can feel like a downward spiral — as if our worries are spinning out of control. Getting a handle on those slippery thoughts is tricky, and in many cases it takes professional help.” which I believe to be true. So my point here is how many Covid 19 patients are able to get counseling while in isolation fearing for their lives without any visitations from family and friends when the medical staff is faced its own anxiety struggles as they also lose their lives and lives of loved ones.
I became aware of anxiety and panic attacks in my 30s after I suffered PTSD (post traumatic stress) and for some reason I believed smoking to be helpful until I went for professional help. So my next point is how many people smoke because they believe it calms them down when in fact they are not aware that they are trying to deal with anxiety while smoking their lives away.
Here I would like to share what I believe has helped me to deal with anxiety since the time I had a challenge with getting professional help.
According to http://www.goodrx.com, “When our fears outgrow the actual dangers in our lives. We can’t expect to “think our way out” of medical-grade anxiety, but paying attention to our own minds and bodies can help us be better tuned in to reality.” and I have come to believe this too and find the below practices very helpful.
Helps to reduce worrying thoughts and bring about a feeling of balance, calm and focus.
Focus on something specific — an event, person, or goal you want to achieve — and hold it in your mind, imagining your outcome becoming reality.
Taking deep breaths through the nose enables more air to flow into your body and can help calm your nerves, reducing stress and anxiety.
Offers a double benefit because it includes aspects of both mindfulness and physical exercise.
5. Reconnect with others.
Connecting with other people helps to arm you against anxiety. This is what support groups are for, but you don’t need a special group to feel connected. Find a hobby, exercise group, religious organization, discussion club, or volunteer activity that interests you and helps you reach out to others.
Keep in mind
Anxiety is an individual experience. Different treatments work for different people in different situations, and what works for you may change over time. Since anxiety tends to come and go throughout life, it’s helpful to keep track of what anxiety-beating strategies work best for you. This will help you put a plan in place quickly if anxiety starts to become a problem again. When you find an approach, method, or medication that works for you, make it part of your life. But don’t despair if it seems to stop working. As your life circumstances change, so does your anxiety. Take a step back and find a new way to beat it.