It is safe to say that most people are still adjusting to the phrase, ‘anxiety’, especially in our African culture. We interacted with a few people (online), to find out how they were coping with the anxiety that came with Covid-19. It was clear that some were experiencing it for the first time and did not know what exactly it was but they could feel some tension around the neck area, sometimes chest pain which would often go away after a relaxing activity such as a quick nap.
There were also incidences of individuals experiencing anxiety which would often be dismissed as,
‘You overthink a lot.’ ‘What are you so afraid of?’ …. And in all honesty, it can be a little frustrating when you think the people around you will make you feel better only for them to laugh or hush you down. We decided to come up with a few remedies that will help you ease up the anxiety while at home as we wait for this mess to clear:
Regulate your screen time
We tend to underrate the power of unplugging from the media. 90% of our anxiety has been from what we read, view and listen to regarding Covid-19. It is okay to take a break from it all to stabilize your mental space.
It is acceptable to be a couch potato some days but, if that is making it a little heavy for your mental space, have a routine in place. There is some calm that comes with having a routine. You tend to be much less in your head and more aware about your present. Your routine could range from office work, motherhood, reading, basking, music, cooking to having a painting date with your little son or daughter.
Master your triggers
For every instance you have suffered a panic or anxiety attack, something triggered it. Is it the news? The type of content people are sharing on your WhatsApp groups? You’re too much in your head? Being around people that disregard the importance of precautionary measures? Whatever it is that triggers you, tone it down or better still scrap it off …. At least for now. For the sake of your sanity. It helps you avoid feeding your anxiety.
Master what calms you down
I had a panic attack earlier last week in the middle of the night. It was heightened. I had never experienced anything close. After a trial and error of things that would calm me, only a hot shower worked. Something about focusing your sense on the heat that takes you away from your panicky thoughts.
So be keen on what really calms you and do it as often. It helps.
We will have another read on home remedies that would ease your anxiety.