I thought I might share about anxiety in case it helps someone as it’s likely with Coronavirus that this is likely to be affecting a lot of us right now.
I’ve generally suffered from some form of anxiety a lot of my life, which has often been made worse by stress. The type of anxiety I suffer from is that I tend to overthink things a lot. It comes and goes and most of the time it is manageable but every so often it can get out of control. I will overthink a situation until my fears and worries get out of proportion compared to what has actually happened or is likely to happen. When I start to overthink things this can cause me to become very anxious leading to insomnia and sometimes I can get a feeling like a pain in my chest (which can feel like all my worries crushing my chest) and it will generally end in tears at some point usually over something very trivial that generally wouldn’t bother me at any other time. It also takes up a lot of time when I could be enjoying myself instead of feeling worried. I often struggle to believe that I’m doing a good job and if I make a mistake I will generally beat myself up about it (imposter syndrome). I also worry about whether people like me or not and what they think about me and again let this get out of control in my head.
I have found that my main coping technique is through talking to friends and family to try to get things back into proportion and through exercise I tend to go the gym or do a run or walk most days. Since the lockdown I’ve been able to get outside a lot more and this has really helped dealing with the current situation. I’ve really enjoyed getting out in the fresh air for an early morning walk, run or work out. I have found fresh air, exercise and trying to bring your mind back to the present are really great ways of calming myself down.