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The 21st has come with plenty of problems political and physical, long and short term. The latest challenge we all face – whatever our level of wealth, and wherever on the political compass we sit – requires the majority of us to keep calm and remain indoors for as much as possible, so we don’t become viral infection vectors. Unfortunately, for many, passively sitting through a crisis is difficult and staying calm is a challenge.
Today, we’re looking at some of the ways you can control your anxiety and keep calm through the thousand natural shocks that 2020 seems determined to bring us.
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Pick Your News Sources
In the age of endlessly scrollable social media and 24 hour news stations, it can be difficult to pull your gaze away from the unfurling crisis as it deepens. This can heighten your anxiety and send your mental health into a downward spiral, without making you better informed in any practical way.
The advice from the World Health Organisation is to choose a reliable news source: one that’s invested in keeping you informed, not making you watch and click forever. Get your news there and limit your access to other media if it’s proving a problem for you. This can help soothe your anxiety and focus you on the practical steps you can take to improve your situation.
One of the first casualties of anxiety is often sleep, and without sleep it can get harder to deal with escalating worries, forming a negative feedback loop that can wreck your well-being. Maintain good sleep hygiene: cut out caffeinated beverages after two pm (switch to decaf or herbal teas if you can’t resist a hot drink in the afternoon), avoid screen-time for an hour before bed, and if you can, try to work away from your bedroom. If you make your room a work-space, it can be difficult to mentally switch off in it after working hours.
Keep your room as a sacred space for sleep and relaxation, and you will find you can sleep better and deeper, making you more resilient to the stresses of the waking world.