Post Lockdown Tips: How To Deal with Anxiety

Psychologically speaking, the first half of 2020 has been one of the most challenging times in history. In between the lockdown due to the COVID-19 pandemic and all the social revolutions happening around the world, processing this enormous amount of information can be very overwhelming. Today’s uncertainty has led a lot of people to have heightened anxious thoughts. Keep reading to find out SU’s tips on how to deal with anxiety in the best way possible.

The Present Moment

Anxiety is the act of apprehending the future – meaning that the brain starts to imagine every threatening scenario possible, because of a real or imagined source. The present moment, on the other hand, is the only reality that truly exists. It is the most powerful weapon against worrying about the future.

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One of the simplest tricks for someone to live in the present moment is to stop what they’re doing and describe what’s around them. For instance: “I am laying in my bed, feeling warm, the lights are turned off, I hear my breathing, there is a roof over my head…” and finishing off by “Right here, right now, is there really an issue? Am I in danger at this very instant?” and if the answer is no, it means that the thoughts you were anxious and do not belong to reality, so you can let them go.

True Meditation

The cliché image that comes to mind when the word “meditation” is mentioned has nothing to do with its true meaning. The reality is much simpler: it consists of being present, as a non-judgmental observer of your environment. Its purpose isn’t to protect you from the world, but rather to incorporate you into it.

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Meditation has no rules, no protocols, and no specific position. It can be done while sitting in the bus or while laying in bed. The first approach consists of observing different thoughts that go through the mind, just like observing the clouds moving in the sky, without lingering or hanging on to them, but only by letting them evacuate till the very last one. Practicing this on regular bases can lift a lot of weight from the shoulders and bring you back to reality.

Resting the Mind

Every person is different and every mind has different needs. Figuring out a way to unwind daily is very important to maintain good mental health, be it through reading a book, cocooning, or practicing yoga, there’s plenty of activities that can support inner peace. In today’s day and age, we spend a lot of time rushing trying to get things done and almost feel guilty when doing something not rushed. This is a belief that needs to be let go.

Yoga, for instance, is a great way to disconnect from the rush of everyday life. It also has a very misconstrued definition in peoples’ minds, as a practice that is unattainable and complicated. In fact, yoga is for everyone. It’s one of the best ways to take care of both mental et physical health, and all you need to achieve it is your body.

On her website, yoga mentor Adriene Mishler states: “yoga is really the art of waking up and getting back to the true you. It offers up a way for us to see a world that is working for you instead of against you. Yoga reminds me that everything is connected so we must live, act, breathe with awareness.

On the same note, an Australian brand named Yin offers a beautiful selection of eco-friendly yoga mats with beautiful patterns inspired by Moroccan culture, more specifically from the Medina of Marrakesh. For more details, visit their website by clicking here.

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By Meriem Toumi

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