How to Deal with Fear and Anxiety Related to Current World Events
There's a lot of upheaval globally right now, and many people are feeling the effects. Feelings of fear, terror and anxiety are becoming common. These emotions reside in the body. If they are processed, they can be released and allow you to feel more settled again. If not, they can stay in the body and continue the difficult feelings. I'll share a number of options- pick the ones that resonate most so you don't overwhelm yourself.
What You'll Need
- You could always journal how you're feeling before and after doing any of the activities above.
What You'll Do
- Shake your body- animals 'shiver' if they have been frightened- it helps the nervous system release heightened sensations. Find some space, shake your body from your head to your arms to your hips to your legs. Let your movements be as vigorous or as slow as you like.
- Have a cry- crying is a good way of releasing pent up emotions. It lowers stress, releases pent up energy and helps mood-lifting hormone levels to rise.
- Have a hug. Hugging a friend or loved one releases oxytocin, the hormone of love and connection. Oxytocin lowers stress hormones.
- Take long slow breaths. A longer out-breath (say 7 counts) than in-breath (3) helps to activate the parasympathetic nervous system which is to do with calmness.
- Don't watch or listen to the news. Reading a broadsheet is a better option to stay informed. The nervous system gets triggered by dramatic footage and headlines so go for facts.
- Have a run or exercise. It helps to discharge stress hormones and tire the body to allow the mind to settle.
- Stay off social media. People process out loud on social media these days, and it can sway your own mind.
Tips & Warnings
- It's normal to feel a whole host of feelings with what's going on around the world. You're not alone. Let others know how you are doing and ask for help and support.
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