Everything is a little worse (or a little weirder) during the pandemic.
Panic is no exception.
With the pending US election, anxiety levels have been at an all-time high. Is this because this is considered to be the most consequential election of our lifetime? Is this because the United States is the most divided it has been in decades? Is this because we are inundated with information?
Yes. Yes. And yes.
But it is also because we are in the middle of a seemingly endless pandemic. We’re unable to avail the methods we typically used to curb our anxiety before – from drinks with friends to weekend getaways to sports to retail therapy.
Are there alternate resources? Sure. But merely accessing one of the many helpful lists online may not be what does the trick.
The thing about curbing your anxiety and quelling the panic is figuring out what it is that you need.
Find activities that help.
Find people who can either shake out the nerves with you or offer a calming presence.
Find the time to breathe and truly explore what scares you the most.
In doing all this, you’ll be a few steps closer to finding your center.