Continuation of Anxiety Management During Pandemic Days~
Cindy Knoke and a lovely koala are sending a second message, telling that in the midst of darkness, there is light.
In all the affected countries we find hundreds of people doing long shifts to help the infected people in intensive care and those who are treated in hospital, and other ill people taken to hotels or in special wards in homes, emergency hospitals or even tents.
- When anxious > too much adrenaline & cortisol flood our body => weakens our immune system.
- Conscious breathing + muscle relaxation => stop stress hormone release + protect body + mind.
- Progressive Relaxation > Progressive Muscle Relaxation
- social anxiety disorder (SAD) = tense muscles => relaxation techniques = important part of many behavioural treatments for anxiety disorders + specifically for social anxiety disorder (SAD). => lessen unconscious muscle tension
- systematic desensitization
- diaphragmatic breathing
- breathing similar to what is taught by singing & dance techniques + tai-chi, yoga, Kounovsky a.o. techniques => Deep breathing = avoid “fight-or-flight” response to stressful situations
- Autogenic training ~~ meditation = using all of your senses to imagine yourself in a relaxed setting => Your body, in turn, enters a relaxed state.
- Distraction in Action
- Being true to yourself, engaging in own interests, hobbies + passions
- focused on what engages your best self
- Humor = saving grace
- Self Soothing
- warm bath, watching a game, playing an rpg, listening to music, cooking, gardening, working out, > Make time
I think this koala is sending a message to you and I about anxiety!
In the midst of darkness,
there is light.
Good people are working,
with realistic hope,
is powerful medicine.
Let’s move on with building our toolbox to manage pandemic anxiety.
Self Talk Reframing (Cognitive Therapy)
Distraction in Action
Exercise, Diet & Good Health Practices
We covered the first three in the last post. Here are the next three.
I would love for you to add tools of your own that are, or have, worked for you. With your help we could build a truly awesome anxiety busting toolbox so people can pick and choose what is comfortable for them. If you have some tools that work let me know. It will…
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