MANAGING YOUR ANXIETY AT LEVEL 2
It is a scary time, as the government announce we’re returning to Level 2 lockdown...
Here are a few tools to help you manage the anxiety you might be feeling, fuel your body with immune boosting foods and hit stress on the head…
Possible Causes Of Anxiety
- Uncertainty – are events still happening, can we go out?
- Working From Home – what will work look like next week?
- Wellness – will I catch COVID-19 or will my stress get worse?
- Financial Worries – will I still have a job/business next month?
Some Of The Best Immune Boosting Foods
- Fruits: Citrus fruits: Grapefruit, Lemons & Limes
- Herbs & Spices: Garlic, Ginger, Turmeric
- Nuts & Seeds: Almonds, Sunflower Seeds
- Dairy: Greek Yoghurt
- Vegetables: Spinach, Capsicum & Broccoli
- Protein: Chicken & Shellfish
Hitting Stress On The Head…
Feed Your Brain
What we feed our brain is just as important as what we feed our bodies. Feeding our brain Vitamin-D through sunlight, fresh air and good food is key in the fight against negative thoughts.
Don’t Run From The Tiger
Our bodies sometimes struggle to tell which are perceived and which are real and immediate threats. At the moment our bodies may confuse the ‘what-if’ stresses of life with our need to run from a tiger. Try to avoid things that make you feel worried or panicked. Develop a sense of control by focusing on simple things like home cooking and simple pleasures.
It is important not to worry about worst-case scenarios that may not happen. When everything is changing the constant mental struggles can cause our brains to get stuck in a negative feedback loop – acknowledge this and try to stay both present and positive.
Be Mindful Of Media
Worrying excessively and repeating negative thoughts disrupts our mood. Try to monitor the information and media you consume. Reduce your exposure to alarmist media and balance these negative external factors with positive time with friends, family and getting outdoors in the fresh air.
Forward planning is becoming more difficult by the day. Rather than feeling decisive, we are likely to feel foggy and unsure. Pushing our brains to cope with all the changes will make us tired – take regular breaks and ensure you give yourself time to catch up.
Our brains positive circuits struggle during a crisis. Things we enjoy may not seem as fun any more – but this is normal. The threat of no human social interaction means that your reward network will struggle. A lack of chatting, body language and physical touching makes us feel less connected – literally. Keep talking to try and starve off culturally-induced isolation.
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Written by Amy Neilson from http://amyneilsonfitnessandnutrition.co.nz/