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3 Easy Ways to Reduce Anxiety and Stay Motivated During this COVID 19 Pandemic

3 Easy Ways to Reduce Anxiety and Stay Motivated  During this COVID 19 Pandemic


                                Life during this Stay at the home period of Pandemic is difficult. We are constantly exposed to news and views on TV and social media. The invisible enemy is around us.

                                  When will this pandemic end? What will happen if I get infected? My relatives may get infected. Many such questions come to everyone's mind.
                              Along with you may have economic and financial problems. Many small businesses have stopped functioning. Hotel, Airlines, and Travel Industries are facing a big slump in demand. If you have a small business and it's closed then it adds to the problem. You have to repay loans. So many such worries you may have.
                           Our lives have suddenly and dramatically changed. We try to avoid the invisible enemy sweeping across the planet. Anxiety and stress follow.
                             The big question is how do we stay positive and motivated during this turbulence.
                         

                            I have found out two very scientific and interesting articles regarding the reduction of anxiety during this Pandemic. I have selected 3 recommendations based on these articles.                              The First Article is A Compassionate Guide to Anxiety During COVId 19 Pandemic By Dr. Eric Goodman, Ph.D. Clinical Psychologist.


                           

                               Understanding why we are so anxious now?

Many Marketing Gurus advertise methods to be Anxiety Free.

                                Anxiety-free” is a marketing catch-phrase, not a realistic goal for most humans. Some amount of anxiety is helpful because it protects you from harm. However, an excess amount of anxiety is not good for health.

                            Here we are reminded of the classic fairy tale Beauty and the Beast. This is the tale of a seemingly ferocious beast who, upon first glance, looks and sounds like the villain of the story. Halfway through, however, you come to learn that the beast isn’t the villain—he’s the misunderstood hero. Yes, he still looks beastly and has an unpleasant roar, but his heart is in the right place.

                              Anxiety is like that misunderstood beast. It can be loud and unpleasant to be around, but it means well. Its job is to protect us from anything it perceives to be a threat—whether that be public speaking at work or a widespread invisible virus. Anxiety is well-intentioned, but a very unnerving hero.                           Anxiety wants to help us. It wants us to stay safe. However excess amounts of anxiety can be harmful. It can produce sleepless nights and high blood pressure. It can increase heartbeats. It can be debilitating.                            
                           Anxiety wants to help us. It wants us to stay safe. However excess amounts of anxiety can be harmful. It can produce sleepless nights and high blood pressure. It can increase heartbeats. It can be debilitating.
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Author: Trinh Mai 
           In this article, the author describes the usefulness of mindfulness during this turbulent time. Mindfulness is a practice of paying attention to the present moment experiences with compassion and curiosity.




                                        Based on these articles and my 30 years of clinical experience I have come up with these 3 recommendations to reduce anxiety during these times.

  •  Communicate with your friends. Social distancing may not allow you to be face to face with your friends and family members. You can make phone or video calls to discuss issues. Pent up anxiety decreases when we share our thoughts with our well-wishers and friends. Stay connected. You can listen to motivational lectures. You can learn something new like cooking or dancing.
  • Have a more compassionate approach to anxiety. Research has shown that increasing compassion is related to a quieting of anxiety and depression. It enhanced the sense of well being. Minimize your daily intake of news. Get a good 8 hours of sleep. Limiting substances like caffeine and nicotine helps in the reduction of anxiety.

  • Practice Mindfulness. It decreases rumination and obsessive thoughts. You can do a 5-minute body scan. You can learn relaxing breathing techniques. You can Do Physical exercises like jogging and skip in one place. You can do step aerobics at home. Where it is allowed you can go running outdoors maintaining social distancing. Have a positive attitude. After every night day comes. Similarly, we will discover some vaccine or treatment for the disease soon.


Dr. Nishikant Sharma MD FACP is a Health care Professional.
He is an advocate of quality healthcare at affordable prices for all. 
He is a Medical Writer and Content Creator.

Done course in Content Writing from the University Of California Davis. (Coursera)




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