25 Reminders For When Your Anxiety Strikes During These Pandemic Times

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  1. Don’t react immediately to the news thrown your way — speaking from a place of heightened emotion can often be problematic in the long run.
  2. Don’t assume ill intentions — especially in times of crisis. Use your time to check in on the ones you love — send the text. Make the call. Use the technology that you have to show up for your loved ones the best way you can.
  3. Drink a glass of water — then drink one more. Keeping yourself hydrated is a vital component of maintaining overall health.
  4. Your mood will fluctuate on a daily, if not hourly basis. Mood fluctuation is not as abnormal as you may think — you’re not alone in your feelings of anxiety.
  5. You’re not alone in your feelings of depression.
  6. You’re not alone in your feelings of stress.
  7. You’re not the only one who is worried right now — but remember that feelings of anxiety and unease and distress will manifest themselves differently in everyone.
  8. Worrying, while it is a natural inclination in times like this, is not something that will change things.
  9. Instead of feeding your worry, feed the tiny moments of joy.
  10. Seeking joy is not akin to erasing pain.
  11. Seeking joy means you’re acknowledging the blessings you do have — and grounding yourself in gratitude.
  12. Seeking joy means that you’re pouring your energy into what you can control — not the things that you cannot.
  13. Seeking joy means that you’re opening your eyes to the things that are still good, the light that still exists, and the happy moments that always surround you — despite dire situations.
  14. Remember, it’s ok to speak your fears.
  15. Remember, it’s ok to share your love for the things you love.
  16. Remember, it’s ok to share your love for the ones you love.
  17. Things are not going according to plan — but remember that the sun is still shining. The earth is still turning. We will keep moving forward — even if it’s a slow crawl.
  18. Sometimes putting on structured pants will feel like an accomplishment — and that’s ok.
  19. Peace of mind is not gone forever — but finding peace is a practice that takes constant cultivation.
  20. Crying does not make you weak — it’s ok to let the tears flow.
  21. Laughter does not make you insensitive — it’s crucial to celebrate moments of happiness when they come.
  22. Give yourself the grace to feel.
  23. Give that same grace to others, too.
  24. Keep breathing — yes, this bears repeating. Let the air fill your lungs and let it release. Listen to the rhythms of your breath and heartbeat — they are part of the soundtrack of your life, and the drumbeat that will lead you to another day.

I write essays and poetry about life lessons, love, relationships, and self-awareness. More info: meganminutillo.com + @meganminutillo.

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