4 tips for managing coronavirus anxiety

I’m anxious even in the best of times. I guess the upside to this is having had decades to figure out how to manage anxiety. Here are four practices I find helpful:

1. Log off social media, turn off the news

2. Tune in, breathe, and feel

Troubled by circling thoughts? Try using the 4–7–8 breathing: inhale through the nose for 4, hold the breath for 7, breathe out the mouth for 8. The counting acts as a chew toy for the mind, while the breathing technique helps the nervous system switch out of fight-or-flight. To shift from shallow chest breathing to big belly breaths, tuck your chin and place one hand on the heart and one hand on the belly.

Another breathing practice I’ve found particularly useful is qi gong. It might feel silly to do at first, but I’ve never found anything that pacifies turbulent emotions so effectively. An easy way to start is this YouTube.

3. Be kind

4. Get going on your secret dream

As the Stoics would say, the situation is as it is, but you still have a hand to play-even if it’s just choosing to consciously breathe through this time.

Is there another technique that you’ve found helpful? Please comment and share. We’re all in this together. 💙

Originally published at https://alexandraheller.com on March 29, 2020.

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