These are sad times. Times in which so many people have lost their homes. Lost their family and have to fight for surviving every single day. We at ProudMe actually had a different content plan worked out for this month. However, after the recent events in Ukraine, these topics don’t seem too relevant currently. That’s why we decided to write a different article and would like to talk about something that affects all of us – some more – some less. Fear. Fear of what the future will bring. Fear of the unknown. We often – and especially these days – feel fearful. The world seems very fragile and we feel at its mercy. That’s why it’s so important to talk about fears and develop techniques for yourself that will help you not to drown in it.
Today we want to give you 10 tips that can help you feel better even in anxiety-filled times.
Talking about your fears with others
Having someone to talk to, exchange thoughts and discuss everything that is going on in your mind can make a huge difference. May this person be a family member, a good friend or a colleague.
Some of us don’t feel safe enough around others to let their emotions out in public or share a cry with somebody else. And that is totally okay, just be aware of the fact that crying can be a big reliever.
Watching the news only at certain times
These days where you are confronted with hundreds of news articles, pictures and videos, it is extremely important to not watch and read the news 24/7. It is good to be informed about what is going on in the world, but try to make up a short and specific timeframe for you to check out the news. Bad times for this are in the early morning directly after waking up or right before going to bed.
Breathing fresh air / doing sports
Like with almost everything else breathing fresh air and going outside can help with your mood and anxiety. Hearing the birds, the water or the wind in the trees can help with relaxation. Also doing sports is an amazing way to calm down.
Having a fixed daily routine
When we are struggling there’s often a completely chaotic schedule we are trapped in. Try to make a plan with all the things you need and want to do that day and stick with it. The less time you have left doing nothing and just sitting around with all these thoughts wandering around, the better you’ll feel.
Keeping a diary with things that were nice that day
There is actually so many things each and every day to be happy about and thankful of. Big events overshadow these small tiny happy moments, so why not write them down and be reminded of them.
Spending more time with family and friends
While some of us like to spend time alone and not talk to anyone when feeling anxious, scared and sad, it can help spending more time with your loved ones. Just by being around people that are close to us – and of course animals too – we can feel supported and calm.
Laughter is the best medicine. We’ve heard that so many times. And honestly, it’s true! Yes, there are moments where laughing is not really appropriate and doesn’t feel right, but we can find something to laugh or even just grin about something each day. Also laughing is contagious and can make others around you feel a little better as well!
Doing things you enjoy
Drawing, listening to or making music, cooking, playing video games – anything you enjoy and can help making you feel better is worth a try!
If you are experiencing fear very strongly and can’t let go of this constant anxiety, please consider talking to a professional. It can happen to all of us and seeking help is the best things you can do!