How to cope with anxiety in uncertain times
Friday, 11 September · 2 min read

Coronavirus cases are rising again in many parts of the world, causing restrictions to be brought back in several countries.

The situation is changing fast, which may leave you feeling anxious — especially as life has been uncertain for some time.

And because restrictions vary in different places, things may feel less clear, explains Stephen Buckley, Head of Information at UK-based mental health charity Mind.

“This is a difficult situation for everybody and it’s normal to feel anxious about uncertain times,” he says.

If you're feeling anxious, there are things you can try to help you cope:

  • exercise regularly — physical activity boosts your mood and gives your brain something to focus on
  • reach out to family and friends — it can be hard to ask for help, but speaking to someone you trust may make you feel better
  • build a routine — if you’re feeling overwhelmed, break the day down into a series of smaller tasks to make your day more manageable
  • try a relaxation techniquedeep breathing, meditation and other relaxation techniques can help you cope with negative feelings

Experiment with the options above until you find one that works for you.

But if anxiety is affecting your daily life or causing you distress, it might be worth talking to a doctor.

Quote of the day

Anxiety is the dizziness of freedom.

Søren Kierkegaard, philosopher

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