The ongoing pandemic has changed people's lives in many ways. With the economy suffering and vaccine seemingly still far out of our sights, it is no wonder that people's anxiety is increasing each day. A study in the USA showed that a third of Americans had reported anxiety and depression during the pandemic, with young adults suffering from the worst symptoms.
The pandemic also made us unable to use our usual method in fighting off anxiety, doing relaxing activities such as traveling, and joining a support group are no longer accessible. So what can we do about it?
Today, we will share some ways that could help you fight off your anxiety.
Foods are not only a source of energy and nutrition, but it could also determine your health and mood. Evidence suggests that omega-3 fatty acids that you could find in fishes such as sardines, salmons, and mackerel may have a role in helping your brain's function. Deficiencies in omega-3 fatty acids have also been linked to mental health problems. Remember to eat more fruits and vegetables and stay away from junk food as studies found that people who eat junk food have a worse mood and lesser learning and cognitive abilities.
Physical distancing doesn't mean that you should be distancing yourself from other people entirely. Humans are social, and not connecting with people for a long time might affect your stress and anxiety level. It is also a good idea to talk to a friend or family about your anxiety and feelings.
Exercise Exercise is proven to be good for both your body and mind. When you exercise, your body releases endorphins, which gives your body a good feeling and affects your mood.
Shout it Loud
Sometimes you just want relief and ways to release your pent up stress. One of the ways you could do that is by shouting out loud. But be careful of where, when, and what you shout out, make sure you don't disturb or affect other people while relieving your stress.
Learn new things
During this pandemic, many people experience boredom since they have much more time than before and fewer things they can do. We suggest you find a hobby to help keep your mind off of things. There are many things you could try, like cooking, playing music, learning other languages, and many more.
Those are our suggestions for things you could do to fight anxiety during the pandemic. However, we believe that mental health could start within oneself. Always remember to keep a positive attitude, keep your mind off of bad things, and be hopeful for a better future.