5 ways to deal with anxiety in 2022
For some years now, the world has been in a state of emergency like never before. There have always been different crises, but each time brings its own challenges, has different dimensions and consequences. The current crisis is characterized above all by its complexity.
Corona, isolation, war, economic crisis, energy crisis, rising costs everywhere...
World events, especially war and its consequences, trigger (old) unconscious fears and worries in many people. We are confronted with an unplannability and unpredictability. And this in a system that is geared towards planning and leaves little room for it. So little, in fact, that even the two words "unplannability" and "unpredictability" are underlined in red because the programs don't know them.
We looked them up, and yes, they exist and we all have to slowly get comfortable with them. And for that very reason, it's also important to talk about fears and worries and not feel alone or small with them. Because that only makes them bigger. In the first step, we have compiled a few tips for you on how to deal with them. Note: Of course, there are very different fears and worries, here we are talking about those emotions that are caused by the current world situation.
Talking about it. If you share your fears and worries with someone you trust, this can be a good way to digest these feelings a bit. If you feel that your counterpart is plagued by such emotions, you can open the space for it from your side and indirectly encourage him to open up.
Self-care. Fears and worries quickly build up a thought spiral from which it is difficult to find an exit and which keeps you there. Consciously taking care of your physical and emotional needs can be an important measure in this situation. This includes getting enough sleep, eating healthy, being physically, mentally and creatively active, meeting friends and doing things that give you pleasure.
Find clarity. Fears and worries build huge backdrops that serve scenarios that may develop. Instead of just thinking about what could be, it is highly recommended to outline the so-called worst-case scenario (i.e. the worst development of the situation) and then think about how to deal with it, should it occur. This will already change the inner feeling.
Finding the right way to deal with things. It is important to observe one's own behavior in the face of fears and worries and to find out how it changes as a result of different stimuli. In particular, one should try out methods that could help one to get out of fears and worries faster and better. In time, through the experience gained, one can create one's individual acute coping plan. Methods can be relaxation techniques, pursuing hobbies, writing a diary, self-care, going for a walk or similar.
Seek support. Talking to friends or family can help, but if the conditions last longer and affect your life too much, you should seek professional help. The sooner you take this step, the better and faster you can be helped.
Overall, it can be stated that everyone is sometimes confronted with fears and worries and that this is also part of life. It is understandable that more pressure is placed on you in these times and that you have to readjust internally. However, it is all the more important to take good care of yourself and your emotional balance and to seek support or professional help early enough.