New recommendations, mask mandates, and restrictions due to the delta variant may find a way to curb your enthusiasm as we transition into the chillier and darker months ahead. Here a few tools experts recommend to help us deal with it all.
1. Reframe how you think of anxiety
Uncertainty provokes anxiety, explains New York University neuroscientist Wendy Suzuki. Instead of approaching anxiety as a negative emotion that must be suppressed, think of it as a superpower that motivates us to act.
2. Learn to breathe yourself calm
Deep breathing can slow you down and help you feel grounded. Check out our related article Six Easy Ways to Meditate.
3. Move your body
Just 10 minutes of physical activity can ease symptoms of depression or anxiety and make you feel better. Take a walk down the block, it will probably help.
4. Connect with others
Unlike this time last year, interacting and connecting with others can be done safely because we have highly effective vaccines. Get vaccinated and make arrangements to see that friend of yours while keeping an eye on what the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends and how high the transmission rate is where you’re going.
5. Find a ritual that’s meaningful to you
Rituals, both sacred and mundane, bring comfort by allowing us to set intentions. Find or create a meaningful ritual and consider sharing it with a friend.
6. Accept that our new normal may be abnormal
Instead of waiting for a magical moment when the world goes back to normal, accept the present state of being. The pandemic isn’t ending any time soon so find ways to manage your risks and take care of your mental health for the long haul.
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