Over the last year, there have been many different situations that may have caused you to feel on edge. Feelings of anxiety are a natural result – a rising heart rate, sweaty and feelings of tension in your chest and shoulders.
With so many things still unknown, particularly when it comes to the COVID-19 pandemic we’ve been battling for nearly a year, avoiding anxious feelings is simply unrealistic, and may even be dangerous in the long run. If you’re in the habit of pushing those feelings down, it doesn’t necessarily resolve the issue.
If your anxious feelings are becoming an issue, try these tips for mental and emotional relief:
Limit your social media engagement. Take time away from screens, posts and replies.
Maintain normal routines for sleep, nutrition and scheduled responsibilities.
Avoid excessive alcohol or drug use.
Focus on what you can control.
Check in with loved ones regularly to feel less isolated.
Given our current circumstances, anxiety is common and expected. But it’s important to seek help when those anxious feelings cross the line, for example, when it’s beginning to affect your day-to-day life.
Meghan Dahl is a behavioral health therapist at MidMichigan Medical Center – Midland.