It's a very weird and uncertain time at the moment and it's so easy to fall victim to major stress and anxiety... I have. I've written this post as a way to remind myself to keep positive but to also show someone that it's still possible to be positive even in the unknown. A few things I do to help myself are below.
Start your day off positively & Take care of your mental health
I wake up, I brush my teeth and I go over my daily affirmations mainly in the shower but sometimes as the first thing after my alarm. My morning prayers come not far behind but I will be honest they can happen at any time of the day for me. I give my husband and daughter kisses then I like to either write down to just say out 5 things I am grateful for. This really helps me to start my day off on a positive note and I've found this has helped me mentally. I have suffered from depression in the past and anxiety has never been far behind that, but focusing on the positive things about myself and my life is just one things that has helped with my mental health (it's been a long journey with A LOT more involved).
Live in the moment
My mind can really drift sometimes and I end up thinking about all sorts. Sometimes this is just for a few minutes and other times it can be for hours - isshhh be that bad sometimes. Through self development, something I had to really learn was to let go of the what if's and what about tomorrows and just live in the right now. It's so easy to let life pass you by especially in the current climate but we HAVE to learn to appreciate the time we have right now with loved ones be it in person or over the phone. Cherish it. Be in the moment and give thanks.
Talk about how you feel
This is so important! You can't be bottling up everything that is going on with you because eventually you will explode as I learnt the hard way. Talking is good, being vulnerable in a safe space with a trusted person is good. It's a difficult time that we are in at the moment and everything can be super overwhelming. Feeling anxious is understandable. Talking helped me to release the negative feelings and alleviate the stress. I was able to focus more on my loved ones and just be in the moment completely with my family.
Make sure you are getting enough sleep
Sleep is so important! Sleep deprivation does more harm than good and I have to make sure I get 6-8 hours of rest each day. That's what my body needs and it's good to give your body the right amount of sleep to help you be rejuvenated and capable of dealing with whatever the next day may throw at you. It's easier said than done sometimes but I set myself an alarm and do some sort of bed time routine including my prayers to just help me wind down. Affirmations are also great to do before bed so you end your day on a positive note.
Limit the news intake
I went through a few days were news was all I read, watched and listened to and let me tell you, I struggled! I really felt myself going under and my anxiety was off the charts. I really had to make it a priority to reduce the amount of news I was taking in and I'll tell you now that seriously helped me. I never look at the news in the morning and before I go to bed. I only have 15 minutes or less of news intake per day and it's usually around lunch time. Once I'm done, I spend time with my daughter and/or my husband and really love on them as much as I can to help remind myself of what is important to me and help stop the worrying.
These are all just a few things that have helped me. Comment and let's share what sort of things have been helping you so we can all help each other in these weird times. Hope what I'm doing helps someone else.