There’s no denying it: These are definitely worrying times we’re going through right now. The news just keeps on piling up, and it can seem like there’s no end to it all. Nobody would blame you for feeling overwhelmed with everything happening right now, but living in anxiety over everything isn’t of much help, either!
Thus, there's no better opportunity than now to be watchful of your mental health. Let us provide some tips to help put your mind at ease!
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1. Take a step back
There isn’t a single news story or Facebook post in the world that deserves your undivided attention if it begins to take a toll on you. When things begin to feel like they’re going to overwhelm you, it’s perfectly alright to step back and take a break to do the things you know that relax you! Hop over to the kitchen and make yourself a snack, put a calming song on and close your eyes, take a deep breath and exhale slowly—anything that takes your mind off things for a second so you could focus and function better is definitely well worth the time it’ll take.
2. Assure yourself that you’re prepared
There are steps everyone can take to be ready for a situation like this, like being sure to wash your hands, avoiding touching your face, and watching yourself for any signs of ill health in the days to come. Remembering these should be enough to ease any doubts about your preparation, and coupling these with good habits, such as healthy eating, regular exercise, and consistent sleep should be enough to assure someone that they’re doing what they can to take care of themselves!
3. Keep the present in mind
The scary thing with all this information is that it’s all in the future. Your mind might be filled with thoughts of dread, anxious about what tomorrow’s news might be. But that’s also the good thing about it—this is all in the future! Nothing’s set in stone, and the worst thing that could happen has just as much a chance of happening as the best possible thing. Take each moment as they come, and soon enough you’ll see that what you were worrying about wasn’t that big of a deal with a bit of preparation and care!
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4. Reach out
There are certainly people out there who feel the same way you do, who are just as stressed and worried about what to do. They’re also very likely just a phone call or a message away, and it would definitely be good to reach out to them, too. There is strength in numbers, and it can definitely be relieving to know that you’re not alone during a difficult time
5. Be kind to yourself
There’s no shame in feeling overwhelmed during a situation like this. Anything you feel during this time is justified, and kicking yourself over a bad reaction to something isn’t going to do anything to help. What matters in the end is that you’re taking the right steps to take care of yourself and the people around you, and that you pick yourself up, brush yourself off, and assure yourself that things will get better in time.
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