How to Manage Anxiety in 2020

Coronavirus has affected the entire world, and now many people have to work harder than ever to manage anxiety. We have written this article to provide some tips and advice that can help you manage stress and anxiety. Firstly, let’s discuss the causes.

What Causes Anxiety?

In a word: uncertainty. The biggest reason that leads us to feel anxious is that we don’t know what will happen next. Many live in areas that have been under lockdown and have subsequently lost their jobs. Not knowing when you can start working again and whether the government will help you is a hard pill to swallow.

All festivals and public events have been canceled worldwide. Places, where we go to disconnect and have fun such as pubs, cafes, or restaurants, are closed. Our lives changed overnight.

Fitness studios are closed, and for many, it isn’t easy to find a way to stay active, which is very important for our mind, body, and soul. Then we struggle with government uncertainty. Some governments are doing the best that they can. In contrast, the actions of other governments have raised major concerns resulting in a lack of trust.

All of these factors can lead to high levels of stress and anxiety. We must find a way to cope with such feelings. But how?

Why is it Important to Manage Anxiety?

Anxiety can have many adverse effects on our bodies. For example, research shows that the immune system can be compromised when we are under extreme stress. When facing a pandemic, the immune system must be as robust as possible.

Some adverse effects of anxiety include:

  • Dizziness, headaches, and depression, as our brain begins to release stress hormones
  • Weight gain
  • Chest pain, increased heart rate, palpitations, an increased risk of high blood pressure and heart disease
  • Nausea, stomachaches, diarrhea, loss of appetite and other digestive issues
  • A weaker immune system, which makes you more vulnerable to illnesses and viral infections
  • Vaccines don’t work as well when you suffer from chronic anxiety
  • Rapid breathing, an increased risk of respiratory system conditions
  • Muscle tension
  • Sleep disorders
  • Social isolation

Anxiety can have an impact on our social lives, for example, we may have to struggle with:

  • Relationship problems
  • Not being able to fulfill daily responsibilities (work, home or school)
  • Helplessness
  • Loss of motivation
  • Possibility of injuring yourself, suicidal thoughts

Manage Anxiety – How?

Because of the above, it is clear that we must find the right way to manage and cope with anxiety.

Here are some steps that you should try:

Try Not To Watch (or read) Too Much News

While it is important to stay informed, too much news consumption can add to our stress and feelings of helplessness. Additionally, we have to be careful of the sources of certain news reports. Expressions such as “fake news” or “fact-checking” have become all so common in recent years. Remember that the media revolves around sensationalized stories, as these are the ones that sell. It is, therefore, recommended that you get your information about COVID-19 directly from the World Health Organization. Also, limit the amount of time you spend focusing on saddening events taking place in the world. It’s best not to focus (too much) on situations that you don’t have control over.

Experts have suggested that we take “days off” from listening to the news. Decide to have days where you focus solely on positive and inspiring messages and stories. For example, Lloyd Jenkins, Ph.D., the owner of the Budwig Center, compiled some positive tips and inspirational accounts for his patients in his book entitled “Courage and Wisdom in the Time of Need.”

Due to the pandemic, we have now made this ebook available to the public.

You can download your FREE copy here.

Stay Healthy (Be Proactive)

When dealing with anxiety, having moments of rest, and peace is vital. However, this must be balanced with positive activities that you find refreshing. If you are allowed, something as simple as taking a walk every day and being outside in the fresh air can do wonders. Also, there are many at-home workouts, which you can try. Maybe this is the best time to try that workout routine that you’ve always wanted to but never had the time. Additionally, keep your brain occupied by doing puzzles, reading, online courses, etc.

Don’t Isolate Yourself

Remember: social distance does not mean social isolation. In 2020, there are so many ways of “hanging out” with friends without having to leave the house. Just think about it, schools are giving lectures and hosting graduations and concerts are being held – online. So for sure, you can use these channels to remain close to your loved ones.

However, when spending time with others using these virtual tools, make your time count. When talking with loved ones on the phone or via video chat, be present in the conversations, talk from the heart, connect on a deeper level. Get to know your friends all over again, and really bond with them.

Try Natural Remedies to Manage Anxiety

To help you in the process of dealing with anxiety, you might want to try aromatherapy. Essential oils can make it easier for you to relax and sleep, reduce your blood pressure and heart rate, and improve your mood. Some helpful essential oils include lavender, clary sage, bergamot, ylang-ylang, and grapefruit.

Other herbal remedies include: 

  • Melatonin
  • Vitamin Bs
  • ryptophan
  • Lupulus
  • Bach flowers
  • Passionflower
  • Valerian

We also recommend activities like breathing exercises, listening to relaxing music, and guided visualizations.

Don’t Hesitate to Seek Help

If you feel like you can’t cope, you must speak to a loved one about your concerns. If necessary, seek help from medical professionals or support groups in your area (or online). Many therapists are offering video chat counseling. So you can get assistance without having to leave your home.

There are many ways to manage anxiety, but you have to find what works best for you. We are all different; what works for one person might not work for you.

The Budwig Center is Here For You

We are only halfway through this year, and the full impact of the coronavirus is not yet known. We have seen collateral damage in certain areas of life and society. For example, we hear of food shortages in some countries, divorce rates increasing in others. Experts are also talking about the rise of mental and emotional problems. Insomnia is becoming more of an issue at this time as well.

So is this the new normal? Time will tell. However, hope is not lost. We can’t control world events, but we can do our best to manage what life throws at us and weather the storm.

As you may know, the therapies we offer are not just focused on natural treatments for cancer. Because we have a whole-person approach to battling a disease, we have incorporated specific therapies that can help manage the emotional aspects of illness. These treatments are available to all, whether you have cancer or not.

So, if you are struggling against anxiety, we encourage you to come to our clinic for any of the following treatments: 

(click on the links for more information)

Contact us to find out more about these (and other) treatments and to book an appointment.

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