Routine is critical to maintain stable mood.
Getting up and going to bed at the same time allows for healthy sleep regimen. Routine can allow for you to feel a sense of purpose and set daily goals which can help stabilize your mood. This can be done in little steps, like changing out of your pajamas and putting on daytime clothing even while in quarantine, self-isolation or working from home
Stay grounded and mindful in your daily activities
Anxiety often leaves us thinking, ‘what if?’ and constantly worrying about the future. By focusing on your daily activities (ie. washing dishes, going for a walk, eating meals, feeding your toddler or newborn), being present can allow for you to take a break from your daily worry.
Practice self care
Spending so much time with your partner or another child can be exhausting and it is ok to admit it. Everyone needs some time to take care of their own needs. Whether it’s having an uninterrupted shower, doing an online yoga class or savouring a warm cup of coffee. Thinking of yourself is critical to maintaining healthy relationships. Make sure that self-care is more than just watching TV or checking social media. With so much negative news, these coping techniques can stimulate even more anxiety.
Challenge your unhelpful worry
Worry is often created by fear, associated with feeling a lack of control. The truth is, we can not control the pandemic, however, we can control how we respond to our unhelpful thinking. Acknowledge that you are unable to think clearly when you are stressed. It’s most important to remember that our thoughts are not facts. By writing down factual evidence, you can decrease your anxiety and start to acknowledge what you are able to control. For instance, you can control doing your part by socially distancing and understanding that currently, 95 percent of those currently tested for COVID-19 are negative, you’re not alone, you can still connect with family and professional supports virtually. Acknowledging the facts will allow you to feel better.
Remember if you feel your anxiety or mood is interfering with your ability to function, help is available.
B Healthy Counselling is continuing to support pregnant and postpartum women virtually through secure video conferencing and via telephone. Visit www.bhealthycounselling.com for more information.