DEALING WITH ANXIETY DURING A PANDEMIC

Saturday

This is a guest post from Sophie over at Girl Vs. World.

Hi, guys! It's Soph from girlvsworld here. The lovely Lauren has given me the opportunity to write a guest post for her blog regarding dealing with anxiety during a pandemic, which I'm super thankful for and really looking forward to. Today, we're going to be talking about dealing with anxiety during a pandemic.


Recently, my anxiety has been getting much worse, as being stuck inside leaves little to do other than overthink and become your own worst enemy. I have a full post about How to Protect your Mental Wellbeing Whilst in Quarantine, which may be helpful for you if you suffer from depression or any mental illness other than anxiety. 


Anyway, without further ado, let's get into my top tips for dealing with anxiety:


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Don't constantly watch the news or check stats


This is the biggest tip I could give you if you're dealing with anxiety during the pandemic. Obviously be mindful and stay educated on the situation, but don't work yourself up by constantly checking the news and making yourself miserable. Yes, keeping informed on the virus is important, but so is your mental health and your days shouldn't be filled with panic and stress that is making you miserable.


Take some time out each day to watch Netflix (I have a post talking through My Top 5 Netflix Series I Watched in 2020), do something creative (write a blog post if you have a blog, or do something artistic if you like that kinda stuff!) or read a book. Taking time to do something you personally enjoy can make the world of a different when it comes to dealing with anxiety during a pandemic.


Go for a walk


This one may seem simple but it is SO important. Going for a walk is a simple yet effective, way of clearing your head and getting yourself out of the house during lockdown. Seeing other people out and about walking their dogs etc reminds you that you're not on your own and everyone else is in the same position you are.


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It's also great to get out of the house so you're not staring at the same four walls all day, every day - that's not good for anybody! You are likely to feel way more refreshed after a good, long walk and more prepared to continue with your day (whether that be lounging round watching Netflix, or being productive on the laptop - either is completely fine... No judgement round here!)


Facetime your friends or family


For me, I have found this to be an absolute essential during lockdown so I don't start to feel lonely. I facetime my friends multiple times every day, especially at night when the loneliness and boredom hits a little more. Personally, my anxiety always hits more at night , so facetiming my friend is a fantastic distraction that reminds me there are always people on the other end of the phone ready to listen.


Everyone is going through the same situation, remember that. Whether you talk about silly stuff, every-day casual conversations, or have deep chats, it's great to have someone to be there. Never underestimate the power of a phone call - especially face time / video call as you get to see your loved ones face and really feel like they're right there with you.


So, there we have it! My top 3 tips on dealing with anxiety during a pandemic. If you ever need someone to speak to, you can DM me on Instagram or Twitter and I will always be there to listen to you. Stay safe, lovelies, I promise things will get better and there I always a light at the end of the tunnel. Make sure you're there to see it! 


Thank you so much, again, to Lauren for giving me the opportunity to guest post on her wonderful blog! I hope you guys enjoyed the post. 


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30 comments

  1. Great and simple advice to get through these abnormal times, thanks for sharing,

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  2. These are three brilliant tips! I've been completely avoiding the news as I find it makes my anxiety so bad but the daily walks really help xx

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  3. I love this advice, if I feel overwhelmed or anxious, I tend to switch off the news and step away from social media and it does help x

    Lucy | www.lucymary.co.uk

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  4. This is great advice. I am really struggling this time around. I am yet to get out of my Pjs at 6pm, I didn't get out of bed until nearly 10am and I've had 2 migraines in a week. This is so out of the ordinary for me. I think I need to start accepting that I need to look after myself a bit better.

    Thank you both for sharing x

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  5. This is such wonderful advice, I definitely agree with taking time off from watching the news! I hope everyone is doing okay during this difficult time!

    Katie | https://katiemayonline.co.uk/

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  6. These are some really useful tips! I’ve found my anxiety has been at an all time high during these frequent lockdowns. I think we all forget that it is the simple things that help us the most☺️

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  7. These are great tips and ones I too have been trying to implement on the daily/weekly during the various lockdowns.
    It's so important that we look after our mental health during this time and really look out for each other as it is a tough and unique situation to be in. 💞
    Sarah xoxo
    https://www.sunshinesarahxo.com/post/simple-vegan-swaps-not-notice

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  8. Have used all of your tips and they really do work. Unfortunately anxiety can still plague us after all those attempts. Finding joy in small things like watching quarrels play or hearing wind through the palms helps me. Best!

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  9. These are such great advices! When it started we were all constantly watching news and numbers, but it always triggered anxiety so I stopped. Going for a walk, a good book and writing have been keeping me up when I get lonely. Thanks for sharing x

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  10. This is such a well written post! I’ve been struggling a bit recently so it was also really helpful. Thank you sharing your tips, wishing you happiness! Holly @ Elegante Eclipse

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  11. This is a fab guest post! My anxiety has definitely increased over the past 12 months, and I agree that avoiding the News can help with mental health. While it's important to stay updated, it can often be quite negative regarding Covid, etc. Thanks for sharing! x

    Sophie | https://www.loveandliterature.co.uk

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  12. I suffer from the type of anxiety where I always work out the worst outcome and get stuck on it, and for me taking breaks from the news do me the world of good! Like I get I need to keep informed, but knowing everyday how many people have xyz does me in!

    Katie | katieemmabeauty.com

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  13. Such a useful post, I find going for a walk really helpful in clearing my head if I need it.

    Tash - A Girl with a View

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  14. All good tips! I can't stress enough how important it is to get outside and get some air.

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  15. Thank you for these tips! I think they are super important with everything going on right now! It can be very overwhelming!

    https://www.emilyclareskinner.com

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  16. Limiting your news intake is so important. My Mum has been GLUED to the stats since this thing started and I can't imagine how it's making her feel. Great post Sophie and thank you for sharing! x

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  17. This is great advice. I can't even remember the last time I actually watched the news. Sure I get snippets of it on Twitter and other social media but I don't watch the news. I also love going for a walk, its nice to change your scenery just a bit plus it's healthy and my dog needs one daily.

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  18. I agree with your suggestions, switching off the news has really helped me x

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  19. Some great tips! I'm finding walks are so good at the moment- simple but effective! They get you out of the house, bit of exercise, bit of fresh air and chance to either catch up with one other person (from a distance ofc!) or time to reflect! x

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  20. Great post! So many of us are experiencing new anxieties or existing ones magnified. Thanks for the read!

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  21. Thanks for sharing this guest post :) I have find that anxiety has risen a lot during this lockdown now, I'm trying to watch less news and to find things to cheer me up :)

    Nic | Nic's Adventures & Bakes

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  22. Totally agree - I haven't read the news since we went into lockdown in March! I follow simple politics on insta and they give the only updates you should know. Having a blog, writing in a journal etc. are really great tips too <3

    Caroline | https://envirolineblog.com/

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  23. Thank you so much for sharing, you've got some great tips. I completely agree that going outside for a walk can help, and I've also been avoiding watching the news too much because it can make my anxiety so much worse. I've been writing about mental health in my blog as well. Great post!

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  24. Great tips! Getting outside for some fresh air has definitely helped me throughout the pandemic :) x

    https://www.femaleoriginal.com

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  25. I've stopped checking stats and daily news cause it just causes so much more anxiety! Going for walks as well helps me a lot!
    ellie/ www.thediaryofellie.com

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  26. Thank you so much for giving me the opportunity to guest post on your blog, lovely! I really hope your readers enjoy it and it helps people out a little during the pandemic. <3 xx

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  27. These tips are great! I especially like the one about avoiding news.

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  28. Thank you so much for such an important post! I absolutely loved this, and I certainly try and take breaks from the news! Great post, Amy at amymarshment.com x

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  29. Great post! These three tips really go a long way and make a significant impacact on mental health. Thank you for sharing this!

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