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Managing Anxiety and Fear During This Global Pandemic

Many people are experiencing more stress and anxiety than usual. We are all adjusting to this new normal, worrying about our finances, and fearing Covid-19. These are challenging times but remember friends, you are not alone! This won’t last forever. We will get through this.

I’ve battled anxiety for over 20 years. So there was no surprise when I started to feel extra stressed and anxious with this global pandemic. Here are a few ways to help you stay calm during this challenging season.

 

Talk about it or write down your feelings.

You can talk to your spouse, friend, or healthcare professional.  I always feel better when I acknowledge my feelings. You can talk through it with healthcare professional via Telehealth during social distancing.

Meditate or try Mindfulness

Listen to free meditations to help you relax and reduce stress. Meditation is incredibly powerful. You can do this in the morning or evening. Lately I’ve been doing it in the evenings when my mind is nonstop after kids are bed. I’ve been loving this one and this one is great for when the enemy attacks-fear & panic. You can also try mindfulness to stay calm. Head Space is a great app that helps with learning mindfulness. I also really love the Calm app.

Practice Gratitude.

I do this as part of my morning routine. You can write this down or speak it out loud. Why? Gratitude promotes happiness. It allows you to focus on the present and appreciate all that you have. Do this daily and I promise you will see a change. You can take this time to speak truth into your life. Tell yourself, you will be okay, we got this, this is temporary. Remember our words are powerful.

Move your body.

I wake up early to stretch then prayer/words of affirmation/gratitude time. If it’s a nice day we will get outdoors for a walk or run while still practicing social distancing. It is amazing what fresh air and sun does for the soul. Move your body friends! It works wonders. There are also some great apps and free online workout videos you can try at home. Try Yoga on YouTube or checkout these two workout apps I’m loving, OBE FITNESS and Daily Burn.

Disconnect.

It’s important to stay informed but too much news is not helpful especially if your are under a lot of stress or dealing with anxiety. Limit the amount of news you are watching or reading. That might also mean disconnect from social media if its overwhelming. I stopped getting on my phone in the evenings. The first week I stayed up way to late reading and crying over stories of people dying. It was very unhealthy. Instead try to get to bed early. Sleep improves your immune system which is important especially during this time. Try to shoot for at least 8 hours of sleep. I love unwinding with prayer, worship, meditation, Chamomile tea and my oils. If you haven’t tried oils start with lavender oil!

Connect. Connect. Connect.

We are all in this together friends. Even though we are hunkered down for several more weeks that doesn’t mean we can’t find ways to connect. We can still be socially connected! Pick a time to get on a Zoom call to catch up with family or friends. My family recently started a group on Marco Polo. It’s a great way to keep in touch with your people. Chloe wakes up and gets excited to send the family a message. These are weird times and adjusting to our new normal can be strange but at the end of the day I always feel better after connecting with my people and I know you will too. Also, take this time to catch up with that old friend you haven’t talked to in years. This is a time to be kind and reach out. You may make their entire day with just one call.

Selfcare.

This time can be overwhelming especially if you’re a mom trying to keep up with it all. Stop. Check in with yourself. It’s more important than ever to take care of yourself. This may look different each day.

Waking up early for me is key! That way I am up before the kids and I can enjoy my morning stretch, prayer time, and skincare routine. Maybe you just have time to wake up early for some quiet time and enjoy a cup of coffee. Or wind down in evening after kids are in bed for a hot bath or read a book. Whatever it is that you enjoy…do that! Give yourself Grace and Love! We are all doing our best during this challenging time.

Nourish your body.

When you are stressed or dealing with anxiety is so important to nourish your body. It may feel like comfort food is the answer but trust me that high won’t last forever.  You will feel good initially but then you will feel sluggish and tired. Now is the time to focus on your health and building up your immunity. It will boost your mood and energy. Check out these recipes for a morning energy boost with a delicious smoothie.

Immune Boosting smoothie

Vitamin C Booster

Mango and Tumeric Smoothie

Pray. Pray. Pray friends!

If this pandemic hasn’t brought you to your knees, it should.

Lets pray for the leaders of our country, lets pray for our healthcare providers on the front line, lets pray for the sick, lets pray for our nation, lets pray for those that already lost their jobs and wondering how they will feed their families. Pray for those that are suffering.

Thinking of others is a great way to take your mind off of the anxiety, fear, and stress your feeling. It’s easy to be selfish during a crisis. Fear and panic can make us selfish. We need to stop! We need to stop Hoarding.  Stop and find ways to help others during this time. Remind them of Gods love. Remind them they are not alone.

Nothing puts me more at ease than when I am reading the word of God. Below are a few of my favorite bible versus when I feel the enemy attacking my mind by way of anxiety attacks, panic attacks, fear, etc.

John 14:27

“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.”

Isaiah 41:10

“Fear not, for I am with you; Be not dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, Yes, I will help you, I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.”

Phillipians 4:6-7

“Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”

Deuteronomy 31:8

“The Lord himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.

Psalm 27:1

The LORD is my light and my salvation – so why should I be afraid? The LORD is my fortress, protecting me from danger, so why should I tremble?

and my all time favorite for God’s protection for those who seek refuge in the Most High God.

Psalm 91

He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty. 
I will say of the LORD, “He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.”
Surely he will save you from the fowler’s snare and from the deadly pestilence.
He will cover you with his feathers, and under his wings you will find refuge; his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart.
You will not fear the terror of night, nor the arrow that flies by day,
nor the pestilence that stalks in the darkness, nor the plague that destroys at midday.
A thousand may fall at your side, ten thousand at your right hand, but it will not come near you.

Also listening to worship brings me so much peace. Listen to my new favorite song by Kari Jobe.

Remember this time is unique. But it isn’t permanent.

This is a time everyone in the WORLD is experiencing the same fears and anxiety. You are not in this alone. We will overcome this together! God did not gives us a spirit of fear but a spirit of peace. 

Sending you all love and peace! Stay home, stay safe.

Checkout some things I’m loving to get me through this time.

What are some things you are doing to stay sane during this Global Pandemic?

 

This Joyful Life

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Comments

  1. More stress and anxiety has definitely been the case around here. I love your suggestions on self care and prayer. Thanks so much for including my smoothie in your post!

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