Before COVID-19, a little bit of worry was just part of life. Now, heightened levels of anxiety seem to be universal.
According to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, approximately 40 million Americans suffer from diagnosed anxiety. But now we’re living through unprecedented and challenging times full of concerns about our health and the economy, everyone is prone to more bouts of anxiety or anxious thinking.
If you or someone you love is suffering from increased anxiety these days, here are some ways to move forward in health and happiness.
Change Your Mindset
Anxious thoughts can cause a downward spiral of stress, anger, nervousness, and fear. When worrying grows out of control, you may feel nervous about most things- even when there’s nothing specifically happening to cause these feelings. The good news is practicing mindfulness can help alleviate anxiety.
Focus on the here and now to stay grounded in what’s actually happening. Many times, anxiety stems from all of the “what ifs”. But, when you change your mindset, you can change find gratitude and beauty in each day. Mindfulness teaches us how to respond to stress with an awareness of the present moment rather than acting instinctively.
Move At Your Own Pace
Governor Inslee hasn’t extended the state’s COVID-19 stay-at-home order which allows more flexibility for counties to advance through the current four-phase reopening plan. Now, as we continue to move forward into a reopening phase, it’s important to move at your own pace.
Remember, just because you can go out doesn’t mean you should. Don’t feel pressured to follow in line with what others are doing. Understand your risks, know how to stay safe, and find ways to keep living your life. What works for you and your family might be different from what your neighbor is doing. Continue to follow the recommended health and safety guidelines and move forward at a pace that works for your personal health and happiness.
Find Support To Treat Anxiety
We recognize that anxiety disorders come in many types and are very different for each of us. It may cause you to avoid rationally simple tasks like taking an escalator, crossing a road, or writing a note. You don’t have to deal with your anxiety alone. Don’t let it build up and manifest in self-destructive ways.
Generalized Anxiety Disorder is a treatable condition and our compassionate team is here to help you find relief from your symptoms. Contact Us today.
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