March 25, 2020

How to Feel Less Anxious 
Anxiety in many people is at an all time high during a crisis.  We have to remember to keep ourselves balanced and grounded during this time.  There are ways we can help ourselves out.  We need to stay informed with trusted sources.  Allowing ourselves to get caught up in all the Facebook posts or tweets on Twitter can cause more worries and anxiety.  Check reliable sources such as the World Health Organization and government websites for accurate information.
Stay calm.  During a time like this we may find ourselves in common thinking traps like catastrophizing.  Catch yourself before going down the path of unhelpful or extreme thinking.  Be mindful of the negative chatter and change the negative into a positive.
Reach out to friends and family.  This is a good use of technology at this time.  Video chat a family member or set up a watch party.  Make a connection with someone who you have not talked to for a while.
Do something you enjoy.  Do more of a hobby you really love or try something new!  It could be reading, watching your favorite show, cooking, baking, puzzles, knitting, sewing, drawing - the list is endless!
Get some exercise or physical activity.  Any kind of movement will boost the serotonin (the happy hormone) levels in your brain increasing your sense of well-being.  Go out for a walk (keeping social distancing in mind) or a run, try meditation or yoga, try the endless exercise videos on You Tube.
During these times, still maintain balance - exercising, sleep, nutrition, work, and play.  Don't let your day be consumed by the next headline!