It's easy to feel anxious and stressed under the current circumstances. When we're stressed, we forget to breathe properly, and our bodies react by preparing to go into 'fight or flight mode'.
Breathing properly can help you to find calm again. There are a range of tools to help deal with anxiety. Here are some tools to help you:
The NHS has launched some brilliant resources to help with mental health. They have a section on anxiety, which has tips, videos, and quizzes. There is a special blog about dealing with anxiety due to Coronavirus (Covid-19)
Adrienne has yoga videos for a range of purposes and levels. She has several that look at breathing, as well as ones that teach you to calm down, breathe and find some peace. Try this one as a starting point.
Ted talks are influential videos from expert speakers on education, business, science, tech and creativity, with subtitles in 100+ languages. The good thing about Ted Talks is that the information is from experts, and there are comments where you can follow any concerns about the research or content. You may want to look at some of these:
- How to be your best in times of crisis
- Amy Cuddy talks about using your posture to improve your confidence.
- Where joy hides and how to find it
- How to stay calm when you know you'll be stressed
Youtube has a wealth of videos on almost everything. BUT, it is not curated - anyone can put a video on Youtube. If you search for any topic, try to ensure that it's from someone who is an expert in that area such as these:
Anxiety (Dr Henry Cloud)
I hope these tools and resources help you to cope in these challenging times.