As Frank Herbert wrote in his science fiction classic Dune : "Fear is the mental killer." But now we are learning that fear can also be the calming killer what is unfortunate. In order to suppress fear and insecurity and to feel less terrible, we have turned to tips that can bring order to chaos.
If not in the morning, then at least 30 minutes a day, 5 days a week. The CDC recommends this as a basis for adults.
It doesn't have to be strict HIIT or cardio either. As ridiculous as it may sound, I use a dance video game as part of my daily practice routine. Admittedly, my routine is somewhat more limited than that of the average person because I am dealing with chronic pain due to fibromyalgia and overexerting myself, which leads to a pain spurt.
But as long as it gets you moving, it is valid, since exercise can also help you deal with these chest tightening feelings of fear. Regular exercise has been shown to improve your mental health by fighting anxiety and depression.
Remember that you don't have to be a muscular athlete to take advantage of exercise. There are many options that can help you exercise, including yoga, stretching, dance tutorials, or just taking a walk if you live in an area where this is doable.
This could be a veiled fear. As a person with chronic pain ̵
In the same way, control problems can also arise when you're scared, especially in this horror film about a pandemic we're in. You could turn to your roommate for little things, or start crying if your coffee is spilled. Fear does not always show up in a "classic" way, through tremors or slightly frightened.
When this happens, take a break from your routine and go to your safe room, physically or emotionally. Prioritize your comfort with this spiral.
If I have a pain spike – or a fear spike about my pain, I find it helpful to focus on things that I can do to make myself more comfortable. Things like putting a heating pad on the area that hurts or taking medication if possible) or distracting yourself (by reading a book, listening to music, or watching something if I can concentrate) instead of focusing on that to concentrate on what I cannot do at this moment.
Spend a day every day building your inner strength and remembering that there are moments that can be yours.
Like many people recently, I have had trouble concentrating on one thing for more than 20 to 30 minutes at a time. And I had to change my way of working radically.
I started pausing articles a few paragraphs at a time rather than vomiting my designs in a session or two and revising them after some decompression time (I usually spent part of an episode of Mystery Science Theater 3000 "Or to see another show that I have seen more than I can count.
After me I would not have thought that many breaks would be necessary, but now read, watch TV The drawing or photography ( all all of which are Instagram-worthy!) of my dog's Noodle helped me get my job done without any loss in quality.
I know, I know – staying informed is one way of feeling control to have something about . But I also know from experience that the fixation on breaking news or "news" (you see, Reddit front page ) related to coronavirus can be a recipe for more fear than useful practical knowledge.
If you I am the type of person who likes to read random internet crap in the morning when you have your coffee or tea – which I am absolutely – think about this during the pandemic.
I tend to do better mentally if I are not first exposed to an incompetent tour in the morning, and the same goes for reading the news late at night or – horror of horror – just before I did go to sleep.
This is a mistake I've made enough times for the resulting anxiety-insomnia ( anxiety-insomnia ?) To really ruin things. Please learn from my mistakes. If you absolutely need to stay informed about the virus and the various responses to the epidemic, it may also be a good decision to ask a friend to tell you about the news if you feel ready to deal with it.
Deep breathing can also help you calm down in a crisis; If you are not familiar with the practice, now is a good time to learn about it or even practice the techniques if you are not currently anxious or anxious so that you can use it during the time (s). If you are afraid .
If you can, there are many ways to donate your time and energy to others so that you don't fix yourself on your own fear. An easy way is to donate to your local grocery bank. Donating money is usually more helpful than donating food.
If you have no idea where to put your money to charity, visit Charity Navigator, a website that collects and evaluates information about charities and nonprofits, along with a comprehensive metric. There are also many mutual funds across the country. So if you have money left over, it may be worthwhile to research an investment fund in your geographic area or based on your interests.
Donating money, your money, expertise or other skills that you may need for mutual aid projects, video conferencing briefings, or other purposes can also help you cope with your own fear of doing something to help other people. If you are afraid of the current state of affairs in the USA (and many people!), If you donate to charity and know that your donation helps, can actually calm your own fear.
Above all, try to give yourself space to feel your feelings – and space to deal with them constructively. Fear is a natural human reaction, and although many things are out of your control, there are little things you can do to cope with all of this.
Anna Hamilton is a Bay Area writer living in San Francisco. Her work has been published in Bitch, Teen Vogue, Shondaland and various other places on the Internet. You can follow her on Twitter .