Coping With Anxiety And Depression Amidst The COVID-19 Pandemic

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The COVID-19 pandemic has changed people’s lives and caused widespread fear and distress. Especially for people with existing mental health conditions, its impact may be more pronounced than others. Adding to the excessive and persistent worries of people with anxiety disorders experience is the fear of contracting the virus and losing their financial stability. Not only for themselves but also their loved ones.

Appointments with mental health professionals are also being held off due to social distancing and staying at home guidelines. People with anxiety and depression now have to resort to telehealth or teletherapy, where they can connect with their therapists through a virtual medium. If you’re trying to cope with your anxiety and depression amidst the ongoing pandemic, there are helpful habits you can do while at home.

Start The Day With Gratitude

The situation the world is in right now can quickly weigh you down. Decide to start your day with gratitude so you will have an improved mood for the entire day. More than what you expect, it can have a significant impact on your mental health. 

Although it may be hard, think of something you’re grateful for before stepping out of bed. You can also write gratitude letters to remind yourself of the blessings you have. It can change how your brain functions as you gear towards positive thoughts.

Make A Daily Routine

Due to the pandemic, people with anxiety and depression felt a loss of control in their lives. They can no longer meet their friends regularly, or buy groceries in the way they used to. Establishing routines and schedules can help them regain the consistency they missed.

Children also need a regular schedule to help them feel in control as they are used to the routine in schools. It can help them thrive while performing school activities at home. You can also be more focused on finishing tasks if you have a definite plan. Therefore, a daily routine can give you time for self-care since you can complete your work early.

People with anxiety and depression rely heavily on habits and routines to cope with their intense emotions. It helps them improve their physical, emotional, and mental health, most importantly during stressful times like this.

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Distance Yourself From The Media

It’s hard not to worry when news outlets these days are broadcasting the COVID-19 pandemic 24/7. Limiting yourself from the media can prevent you from succumbing to anxiety and catastrophic thoughts. The more fearful and anxious you feel, the more you need to distance from any sort of media.

But yes, you will need to read the news to have updated information on what’s happening to the world. Knowledge is power, after all. You can do this by only reading news from trusted sources. Social media is particularly good at spreading misinformation and lies to gain clicks. Read from websites like the World Health Organization, among others, so that you will perceive health details and less opinionated perspectives.

Take Action

Keeping yourself busy can drive your mind away from thinking worst-case scenarios. According to Ken Goodman, LCSW, “When your mind tries to bait you into worry, don’t take the bait. If you do, like a fish in a lake, you will be caught. Anxiety will try to bait you with many “what if” questions.” So instead of worrying, attempt to solve your problems by finding creative solutions.

It may be uncomfortable, but try to push yourself one step at a time. Lack of confidence in handling challenges is where the anxiety begins. If you have financial problems, you can ask for help, seek out loans, or search online for ways to earn while being in self-isolation. You can also re-sell your things after cleaning your house.

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Stay Healthy And Perform Stress Reduction Activities

Eating healthy and regularly exercising affect your mood and emotion. What you put in your body will determine how you think and feel. Proper nutrition is associated with lower levels of anxiety and stress. As most people say, you are what you eat. It also applies to your mental health, not only to your physical health.

Engage with relaxing practices such as guided meditation or yoga. It can give you the peace of mind you need at times like this. Look for sources online to help you in starting.

Having faith that everything shall pass is not an easy thing to do. But when the world is full of ambiguities, you can’t keep your mind in the dark—staying faithful means being a light for other people who need help. Providing aid to others can give you the happiness and control your mind demands right now. Always remember that you’re not alone in this fight. We’re all in this together.

My Way Of Coping With Anger And Depression

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I have been battling depression and anger issues since I was ten years old. Yes, you read that right. I’ve been depressed and angry since I was very young. You see, my parents neglected me, and as early as six years old, they’ve shipped me to boarding school. I was six years old, and they left me alone to fend for myself.

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What To Say To A Partner With Anxiety 

Anxiety is a mental condition that is difficult to handle, especially if you are not the type of person who has a high level of patience or understanding. It can be draining, physically and emotionally, to deal with a person who is always anxious. You will feel exhausted in trying to make the said individual feel good. It is as if no matter what you say or do, she will always have anxieties about certain stuff. If you are experiencing this problem with your wife, then do not fret because you can still do a lot of things about it. 

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The 3 Questions You Need To Ask A Therapist

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Dealing with depression is never easy. There are many challenges that you need to face before you could successfully get over this mental condition. Take note that once you are diagnosed as clinically depressed, the first thing that you must do is to find the right therapist to help you deal with this matter. It is essential to look for the perfect professional who could motivate you to feel better about the situation. Selecting a therapist to hire is difficult, especially when there are so many individuals qualified for this profession.

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What Are The Benefits Of Online Counseling?

 In modern times, one of the most effective ways of dealing with problems and understanding life issues is to go through online counseling. This method has gained popularity due to the advantages that it provides to many people. With this latest advancement in the field of psychotherapy, anyone can already get the help, support or assistance needed to solve the puzzling concerns of most people.  

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Shakaiteki Hikikomori: Understanding Japan’s Social Recluses

The Mental Disorder That Drove Over 500,000 Japanese To Self-Imprisonment

Shakaiteki Hikikomori (Social Recluse) is a psychological ailment that’s imprisoning a considerable number of Japan’s population in their own homes leaving a significant impact on the country’s workforce and economy.

But what exactly is hikikomori?

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Dealing With The Stigma Of Counseling

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The social stigma of help-seeking is one of the reasons why people, who are secretly battling depression, hate the idea of going to counseling. This stigma, which has long been living in the mind of many, still tops the lists of the common misconceptions about the topics of depression and anxiety.

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Developing A Holistic Lifestyle After A Meltdown

When the burdens of anxiety and depression reach an uncontrollable level, the body and the mind go through a meltdown. Meltdowns are periods of intense mental distress wherein people fail to function correctly in their daily activities. Unique to each person, stressors, traumatic events, life changes, and chronic medical conditions may trigger these meltdowns. However, it is essential to remember recovery is always possible even after such outburst.

How It Helps In The Recovery Process

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The main culprit of a mental breakdown is stress. “Stress can seem omnipresent. Between working, socializing and taking care of the home, it sometimes seems we don’t have a minute to ourselves, let alone enough time to really take care of our bodies and minds.”  Sonja Seglin, LCPC elaborates. Anything that triggers or stresses us is capable of shutting our mind and body down. This highly possible event happens when undergoing heavy but regular stressful events. We must learn to tame our mind and pace ourselves to take back our control.

And this is where holistic health comes in. A holistic lifestyle starts with a certain amount of mindfulness as a critical component. It means accurately knowing how you react to situations or merely acknowledging your strengths and weaknesses. Using a holistic approach in this article, we will enumerate steps on how to live a holistic lifestyle after a meltdown.

Recovering From A Meltdown

Practice Mindfulness

Sometimes meltdowns come with raging outbursts or embarrassing bawls in the presence of others. Park that embarrassment for a while and look back to what had triggered that meltdown. Was it related to a person? A particular assignment at work you thought you could not accomplish? Was it an offensive remark someone had said or were you just extremely vulnerable that day? If this is not the first meltdown you have experienced, assess the other times you have had anxiety attacks. You will realize more things about yourself, and this will empower you to become better.  Because according to Jennifer Bradley, Psy.D., HSPP, Clinical Psychologist “I believe that human beings have an inherent longing and need for wholeness and balance, which is our natural state of being.”

Allocating time assessing yourself and the situation is considered mindfulness. Identifying your trigger points will be useful for further exercises in the future. Once you have started practicing mindfulness, you can easily apply this in other daily activities like mindful eating and managing emotions.

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Other exercises of mindfulness may be meditation, daily examination of conscience, and introspection.

Respect The Limits Of Your Body

Mindfulness also comes with respecting our body’s limits. Avoid activities or situations that are “too much” for you. These activities may cause stress and adversely affect both your mental and emotional health. It is good to disconnect once in a while. Simple meditation or downtime can melt away the angst.

Eat Clean

“It’s important to underscore here the importance of monitoring your mental health and knowing how different medications and lifestyle changes can impact your mental health.”  Julia Hogan, LCPC sais. With that, eating clean, green food is only one component of holistic practice. It works hand in hand with other measures that promote mental and emotional health. Eating vegetables, a balanced diet, and healthy food nourishes our bodies and flushes out toxins.

If you are not a fan of vegetables, try a cup of tea a day. It has soothing effects on the body and the mind. A cup of green tea can calm away nerves.

Stay Active

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Regular exercise serves as a stress reliever. Whenever you feel overwhelmed, do an activity or exercise to blow off some steam. For others, it serves as a momentary distraction.

If your work entails long sedentary hours, take a break once in a while and walk around the office. Getting your red blood cells moving can help you channel negative energy into something more productive.

Your recovery is possible by leading a holistic lifestyle. Holistic health encompasses the spiritual, physical, mental, and emotional health of a person. Start living a holistic life through the practices we mentioned above.