The trending topics in our paradise island right now is “Price hikes, No electricity, No gas, No fuel, No money.” That is all we seem to hear on the news, in conversation around us and even in memes. Unfortunately, the unpredictability of the current situation has taken a toll on all of our mental health. People are constantly in worry over the lack of food, drop in business and simply on how to cope and sustain monetarily over the coming months.
During times like this, it is quite normal to feel anxious and at unease. However, keeping in check with our mental health and combating any strong emotional feelings that may cause harm to us is of utmost importance. Here are a few recommended ways you and I can fight feelings of anxiety regardless of the situation.
The 3-3-3 rule
This is the most recommended suggestion by psychologists in relaxing an anxious mind. First, you look around and name 3 things you see, then 3 things you hear, and the last step would be to move 3 parts of your body. This will help ease your overthinking by keeping you in the moment.
Here’s an easy one for you. While I understand that an action as simple as this may not be as effective as you would like it to be, you may surprise yourself. Taking deep breaths is the oldest antidote in the book for a relaxed mind. That has to mean something, right?
Do something. Anything.
How often have you heard people say, “Why don’t you do something to distract yourself?” Here’s me giving you the same suggestion.
Distracting yourself with a movie, a good book, a mini jog down your lane, play time with your pets, painting, and similar activities are some relaxing and cost free modes of distraction.
Say No to Sugar, Caffeine and Alcohol
I have still not mastered this technique, but these 3 elements are known to trigger panic attacks and aggravate anxiety further. While a chocolate chip cookie or a glass of wine might look tempting when you’re stressed, health experts say that no good can come out of it. Substitute these temptations with a glass of water and a healthy snack lying around.
Memes. Memes. Memes.
Nothing can get you in fits of laughter like a bunch of memes and reels on the ‘gram. As effective and medically backed up the other suggestions may be, memes are my gateway to a happy mood, and I can vouch that it’s worked wonders.