How many of us have felt fear and anxiety recently in this time of change?  If you are nodding your head you are not alone.  While we may not be able to control external forces, we can control how we respond to them.  In fact, this is our super power.  No one can change your thoughts that is fully in your control.  So, let’s look at what we can do to find joy and reduce our anxiety.

11 Tips to Help You Manage Fear and Anxiety:

1. Learn Something New!  I try to challenge myself every day to learn something new. There are so many resources and places you can go to find information like YouTube for example.  Let me know what you commit to learning, I would love to hear from you!

2. Meditate.  Check out Katie Krimitsos from the Women’s Meditation Network.   50,000 downloads per episode and I suspect it might be much higher now! This week is an episode specifically about the Coronavirus.

3. Exercise. regardless of your physical condition there are always actions you can take to help your mindset.  I have found that working out is one of the best ways to increase our endorphins and helps us to feel our best.

4.  Stay Hydrated. Yes, this is a thing! Especially today.  Every day you should drink half your body weight in ounces.  I try to set bottles of water on my desk so I can go through them during the day.  Every morning I start by drinking 16 ounces of a combo health and pre-work our drink mixed with water.

5.  Get enough sleep.  If you are like me this is a tough one.  I have I Insomnia and do a variety of things to try to get enough sleep from meditation to natural sleep aids.  When we are well rested we naturally feel better.

6. Stay Connected.  It is easy to not want to talk to friends and family when we feel anxious.  This is one of the most important times to reach out and check in.  

7.  Invite a Friend to Coffee.  We are social beings even if some of us are introverts.  It may surprise you that I am an introvert and extravert.  But I realize that seeing people lifts me up- and this will be the same for you.

8. Stay Informed.  This is the thing causing the most fear right now is all the different sources of information.  Check multiple sources-and beware of anything that seems to not be like the rest of the information. 

9.  Listen to a Play List.  One of my favorites is the Pitch Perfect sound track- all three are awesome although the track I go to in times of change is Flashlight with Jessie J-check it out at the end of this episode!

10. Express Gratitude Daily. I have talked about this a lot on this show.  Living our lives with a grateful heart is one of the best ways to make us feel better and a random act of kindness has the same impact on your brain as exercise.

11. Believe in the Possibilities.  Even when all doors are closing a window will open when you least expect it.  Perhaps it is a soft voice in your head urging you to try something new and you didn’t have time to do it before.  Take advantage of that moment and step out of your comfort zone.

As always if I can help you with anything I talk about here reach out to me I welcome helping you.  Always remember you are not alone- together we can do anything – You Got This!

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