With hundreds of new Covid-19 cases every day and constant updates on how many lives this pandemic has taken, it can be challenging to keep your anxiety at bay.
You may not be able to turn to your usual coping methods, like working out at the gym or having dinner with a friend, to de-stress and relax. The disruption of routine life can make it difficult to stay optimistic and normalcy may feel like a thing of the past.
But don’t lose hope! Follow these healthy coping methods to lower your anxiety during these uncertain times.
1. Get involved in a physical activity.
One foolproof method to halt panic and prevent negative thoughts is to get involved in doing something physical.
If you find yourself staring into space, lost in rumination and worrying endlessly, start dusting and disinfecting. Wash dishes, begin exercising, organize your closet, or cook something.
Just get up and busy yourself physically. Slowly but surely, your mind will calm down and you’ll be able to think clearly again.
2. If you can’t create, learn.
Don’t beat yourself up if you’re struggling to be productive (especially by societal standards). It’s almost impossible to write or produce something new when you’re overcome with anxiety. These are tough times we’re living in, so give yourself a break and take it easy.
A great way to utilize this period, however, is by learning and reading. So many platforms are offering discounts on their courses and there is a treasure of online learning available free of cost!
3. Reflect on your mortality but don’t despair.
Suppressing fear and worry can take a toll on your mental health. Don’t distract or numb yourself to the reality going on around the world. Instead, use this time to reevaluate the direction of your life. Think about your priorities. Which negative habits do you want to cut out from your life? What legacy do you want to leave behind?
It comes in a Hadith that an intelligent, wise person is always prepared for what comes after death. Ask yourself, what have I sent ahead of myself? If you’re unsatisfied with your A’maal, what changes can you start making today to become better?
When you feel overwhelmed by thoughts of death, spread out your prayer mat and cry to Allah (swt). Don’t despair. He is the only One who sustains you. If He is pleased with you, what is there to worry about?
Remember that a believer always turns to Allah in times of distress and strives to think well of His Lord. We should always be prepared to meet Allah (swt), hoping in His mercy and expecting the best from Him.
4. Connect with people you’ve lost touch with.
It’s so easy to get caught up in the daily grind of routine life and lose touch with people who actually mean a lot to you.
But while we’re all staying at home and practicing social distancing, we can use this opportunity to connect with old friends and relatives. Check in on how they’re doing, catch up on life updates, and have a light-hearted chat to brighten up your mood.
Another important thing to do now more than ever is resolve your past grudges. If anything, this pandemic has shown us how vulnerable we all are. The only thing that matters in the end is our character and good deeds. So make amends, forgive and forget, and move on.
5. Reach out to a professional.
Do you wish for a listening ear, guidance and support without the slightest bit of judgement or ridicule? Having a one-to-one coaching session with someone trained in Islamic psychology and counseling can go a long way in helping you regain focus and perspective in difficult times.
If you feel anxiety is taking over your life and preventing you from functioning properly, please don’t suffer alone. Balance, inner peace and happiness – you can achieve all of this and more when you learn how to take control of your thoughts and actions. Click here to find out how I can assist you on your journey!
I hope you benefited from these tips. Please take all necessary precautions to keep yourself and your loved ones safe.
How are you coping with anxiety during these uncertain times? Let me know by leaving a comment below!