Fear is rampant right now. Fear can be a all consuming and if you are not careful it will drown you. Fear can be detrimental to your physical and mental well being. In the current circumstances of the world it is understandable why we may be afraid or anxious. When the feels start to become overwhelming though here are a few ways to gain perspective, calm nerves and feel more at peace.
Cut Off the Source
Social media can be a great resource of connection and information. But it can also get overwhelming. If you are scrolling through a feed somewhere and begin to feel the anxiety rise, turn it off. End it right then and there. Return for the news you need after you’ve had a chance to regain your emotions.
Purposefully, intentionally and slowly. Take a few deep breaths in your nose and out your mouth. Even better if these breaths are of fresh air!
Get your body moving to release pent up anxiety. A brisk walk, 10 minute workout or dancing in the kitchen. Whatever works for you just get a little blood pumping.
Calm your mind
Read scripture, poems, pray, or journal. Take a few minutes to relax into the good of now. Think of the things you are thankful for.
Do Something Good
Write a letter to an elderly relative, gather donations for a homeless shelter or food pantry, find some other small way to bless a friend.
Do you find yourself getting overwhelmed with fear or anxiety right now? What help you? The next time fear or anxiety arise try one or several of these things.