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The pandemic has caused many people to feel anxious about what will happen next. Sometimes, when we don’t feel like we are in control, we become anxious. Everyone experiences anxiety at times. 

Facing a  new challenge, environment, or social setting, are just a few of the many reasonable concerns for feeling a bit anxious. These concerns typically subside quickly. When someone experiences increased levels of anxiety, they will typically have difficulty  calming down or releasing worry. Can you recall a particular trigger or experience that has caused you anxiety? Today we will dive into best practices for managing anxiety when levels are high or beginning to feel unmanageable. 

  • Live Well Tip of the Week: You don’t have to go backwards if you don’t want to. Sometimes going forward with a new routine, instead of revisiting an old routine, is the better route for you!
  • A Quote from Our Guest: “It’s okay to say no. It’s also okay to remove yourself from an environment or situation that is causing you a lot of anxiety.” ~Vera Cheng

6 Things You’ll Learn in This Episode: 

  • Some physical signs of anxiety include muscle tension, difficulty focusing, difficulty controlling worries, insomnia, fatigue, & being on edge or easily irritated. Physical symptoms of anxiety can last longer than actual concerns exist. Deep breathing techniques are effective when feeling anxious. Practice deep breathing 3-4 times a day for about 5 minutes at a time. 
  • You may pinpoint anxiety in children by asking them how they are feeling in order to create open dialogue and safety for them to open up. Every kid is different. Not having interaction with friends can cause some anxiety. Physical symptoms of increased levels of anxiety include, wetting the bed, sleep issues, or any unordinary repetitive behavior. 
  • Don’t rush into a large gathering if it feels too far outside of your comfort zone. Start small, by acknowledging your comfort level, and asking someone to meet you halfway by considering trying a one on one meeting or virtual zoom call. Don’t be afraid to express your comfort level. Your boundaries are important! 
  • Saying yes all the time can lead to a higher chance of burnout and feeling resentful.  You don’t have to feel guilty about saying no! It’s also okay to remove yourself from the situation. It may be hard at first, but the more you get used to saying no, the more people will respect your boundaries. If the person doesn’t respect your boundaries, you have to evaluate if you really want that person in your life! 
  • Evaluate how long you’ve been feeling increased levels of anxiety or experiencing symptoms. If symptoms persists longer than a week, consider reaching out to a family doctor or therapist for an evaluation, in order to assess what options may be available to help you. And remember, therapy can be good for anyone  to check in with yourself, even if you aren’t experiencing anxiety!

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