Tips to Deal with Anxiety

We are in the midst of a global pandemic and a national emergency.  Governor Whitmer has issued a “Stay-at-home” order and many businesses, along with schools, are closed for the time being.  These are unprecedented times that are creating very drastic changes and stressful situations.  Many times, uncertainty and worry can lead to stress and anxiety for people.  As the rate of spread continues to increase, we will undoubtedly be affected personally or know someone that is.  As the epidemic worsens, so may the stress and anxiety.  Home lives may be hectic in light of events and priorities for many will be the health and safety of their families.  We also have many parents that are now mandated to work from home as their kids are with them; so home routines may not be as easy to navigate and could create some added tension.  So I wanted to share some tips and strategies to focus on the mental health of ourselves and our families during this time.  

The Anxiety and Depression Association of America ( recommends the following coping strategies in times of stress or anxiousness:

  • Take a time-out. Practice yoga, listen to music, meditate, get a massage, or learn relaxation techniques. Stepping back from the problem helps clear your head.
  • Eat well-balanced meals. Do not skip any meals. Do keep healthful, energy-boosting snacks on hand.
  • Limit alcohol and caffeine, which can aggravate anxiety and trigger panic attacks.
  • Get enough sleep. When stressed, your body needs additional sleep and rest.
  • Exercise daily to help you feel good and maintain your health. 
  • Take deep breaths. Inhale and exhale slowly.
  • Count to 10 slowly. Repeat, and count to 20 if necessary.
  • Accept that you cannot control everything. Put your stress in perspective: Is it really as bad as you think?
  • Laugh! A good laugh goes a long way.
  • Maintain a positive attitude. Make an effort to replace negative thoughts with positive ones.
  • Talk to someone. Tell friends and family you’re feeling overwhelmed, and let them know how they can help you. Talk to a physician or therapist for professional help.

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