I want to say such a big thank you to absolutely anyone who is still working and keeping things running at the moment.
I wasn’t sure whether to post this as my ‘main post’ this week, I know a lot of people are coming to blogs etc to switch off at the moment and that’s exactly what I’m doing so if that’s what you’re wanting I uploaded a post on Sunday which is a current wish list. However, I just feel like I just wanted to chat a little about life at the moment so I thought I’d just make this an Extra post, I really hope this post helps.
As someone who struggles with anxiety I’m finding all this just so, so overwhelming which I know everyone is really to some degree. I am still working and I’m finding that’s triggering my anxiety quite a lot and I’m just getting a lot of health anxiety at the moment, which is just tiring really. What I wanted to do today is share some of the techniques of how I am actually managing that anxiety at the moment because I figured if I’m struggling with this, someone somewhere will be as well and If that’s you I just want to say all this will pass and for now, take it easy on yourself. I’ve listed a few tips below on how I’m keeping my anxiety at bay during all this and I really hope this post helps someone, somewhere.
Referring back to the techniques I learnt in CBT.
I did go through a course of CBT a couple of years ago and I did find it so, so helpful. I learnt a lot of coping techniques during it. There has been a fair few times over the last few weeks where I’ve just really thought I’m struggling to cope a little with all of this and I’ve taken out everything from my CBT because I kept it all and I re-read all my notes and I’m just refreshing my memory with it all so I can really use it. The main section that I’m finding helpful is about “managing hypothetical worries”. Now at the moment, I have a lot of hypothetical worries surrounding health and when I’m having a little bit of a spiral, I just run through the following techniques and questions with myself (ignore if they’re badly worded they’re literally just my personal notes).
- Observe and listen, try not to react to the worry, observe the thought.
- LET GO. Imagine the worry as a passing cloud or a wave, it comes & goes.
- Focus on the present; Your breathing, what you can currently hear & feel.
- Deal with your wandering mind, once your worry begins to spiral or your mind begins to wonder simply return your attention back to the present!.
Give yourself credit for dealing with the situation.
- If the worry was true > whats the most realistic outcome?
- If this worry does tun out to be true, what can I do to cope?
- How would I advise a friend?
- This situation wont last forever, Practice what I have learnt
- I can be anxious and still deal with a situation ( I find this one so empowering).
Taking some time for me
So I think the most refreshing thing I’ve been doing is taking time out. I touched on self care in a post recently if you’re after some ideas. I find for me personally I’m enjoying watching Youtube (I find Lydia Millen really calming), Getting a bit more creative with makeup really takes a lot of focus, yoga, having really pampering baths or even organising around the house and just cleaning. I’m trying to really just take time out on my day off and I’ve also stopped reading the news so much and I’m just trying not to make it the main focus in my conversations as well.
I’m accepting the situation
I think I’ve found this one the hardest, this situation is just so completely out of my control and yes, I can control how I respond to this situation but I can’t do an awful lot about how other people are acting, so as I’m still working I’m being as extra cautious as I can. I feel like I’m starting to adjust.
How are you coping in these uncertain times, Stay safe and take care of yourselves xx