According to a study in the US 4/10 adults experience anxiety symptoms and depressive disorders since 2021
As many know, the last 2 years have been very stressful on everyone. From little ones to teenagers, young adults, families, workers and elderly ones. Many people who feel anxious shouldn’t feel bad and know that they are not alone. Many who already struggled before, may think they are on the brink of the unbearable. At the same time the pandemic reminds us of what really matters in life. For some, it’s their family, others, close friends and others, their pets! In other words, human values. It’s a time to examine ourselves and our priorities. Reflecting on what counts the most for us in life.
Many felt that they were part in a rat race before the pandemic. It was work – eat- sleep. Now, they feel in a marathon.
When is the last time you took off without feeling guilty ? Why should we not feel guilty to take now an then a break? It’s simple, we need it to function.
‘ If you don’t take care of your body, where are you going to live?’
Here are 7 ways we can reduce anxiety. These are only suggestions. This article dose not replace medical advice. The goal is to give simple tips to help people feel a bit better. 🙂
‘Even the nicest people have their limits’. Being modest and accepting our limits is not a sign of weakness but on the contrary of being strong. It takes a lot of courage accepting our limits and it’s wise.
EX: Do you have some difficulty saying no when you feel overloaded ? ( Work, friends….)
Reserve moments of tranquility
How long can you not watch your phone, emails, social platforms, watch netflix…. In average Canadians spend around 11 hours per day on a screen! Other studies showed the association between screen time and lower psychological well being.
Ex: Swap screen time by an other activity like reading a book, doing arts and craft, spending time with your kids or your pet….
How does this picture make you feel? Probably great! Live in the city? Why not go in the park? Do a road-trip! Take the weekend off to explore new hidden nature treasures!
According to the Greater Good Magazine ‘Scientists are beginning to find evidence that being in nature has a profound impact on our brains and our behavior, helping us to reduce anxiety, brooding, and stress, and increase our attention capacity, creativity, and our ability to connect with other people’
We all know exercise is good for us but how exactly does it impact our brain ? It stimulates new brain cells and generate endorphins that make us feel better. Many online free apps exist to motivate people. But new studies suggest that even a daily walk stabilizes the mood, increases self-esteem and takes the stress out.
Keep the sense of humor
‘Laughter is an instant vacation’ Milton Berle
Laughter is one of the most effective therapy! It makes us feel good and draws our focus on something else. Many things make us laugh. What makes you laugh ? Think of things that make you smile 🙂
What is better than a good night sleep. “A good laugh and a long sleep are the best cures in the doctor’s book.” — Irish proverb
Giving to others
You have already probably heard ‘there is more happiness in giving than in receiving’. Giving to others makes us happier. Focusing on other’s needs is good therapy. Doesn’t need to be expensive. Why not make a DIY card to someone you love and appreciate? Help someone who needs help when their car is stuck in the snow! Cook your favorite dish and offer it to a friend! Involve your kids when giving a hand to others!
Even if distance separates us physically it doesn’t need to seperate our feelings!