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As I write this, I am aware of the struggle so many people are going through the world, and I’d like you to take a moment of gratitude before you read further. It’s the second year into the New Normal that completely threw lives off gear with lockdowns being announced again in 2021.

I am not going to pretend that I’ve had it all sorted out. The slightly controlling nature in me felt increasing levels of anxiety. It also made me rethink over all the struggling small business owners and how I need to change my habits to support others. It caused me sleepless nights wondering about the levels of pain people are going through while others grumbled about not getting their online shopping order on time.

We live in a society of stark contrasts. People are either choosing to ignore the difficulties of others or live behind rose tinted glasses. We have also lost the ability to respect that we all can Agree to Disagree with the way the world is spinning in today’s times.

One Size Does Not Fit All.

This blog post is to possibly reduce my anxiety and hope it helps someone out there to find their direction with a complete hope.

6 Ways to Ease the Anxiety and Manage your Mind

  1. Reframing Thoughts

One of the most difficult things can be to hold the reins of your racing thoughts. It’s this habit that often takes you on a trip through one situation to another while you anticipate the worst possible situations. I’ve found it helpful to reframe my thoughts to something that is outcome oriented. This means, I can quickly check with myself about the thoughts I’m having, and what I need to do about it. This supported me to find clarity, and in some cases, answers as well.

2. Power of Routine

This might make you roll your eyes for it seems almost predictable. A routine, however, is essential to keep your mind where it matters. This means, you decide a goal, even if short-term, and work towards it. It does not mean you will find the answers to all your problems. However, it ensures you stay on track of everything despite the anxiety levels.

3. Declutter your Home

A chaotic home leads to a chaotic mind. I often find it therapeutic to clear out the clutter as it creates space. This leads to a gentle feeling of peace. It also makes you think about the things that you have purchased and what you need to be mindful about in the future. You may not believe it, but a neat and tidy home can uplift your mood. Play around with different corners, beautify that balcony, spend some time here to break the monotony of working at home.

4. Yoga and Mindfulness

I cannot outline how important this is unless you try it for yourself. I learned Yoga a couple of years ago, and this is still a process of gaining new things for me. As we practice Yoga, we learn to release the need from expectation while performing asanas with gentle devotion. Mindfulness brings the attention to the present moment with meditation supporting you to strengthen your mind. Sign up for an online class or watch some videos to begin your journey to internal relaxation.

5. Create Self-Acceptance

I think one of the most important things is to create self-acceptance of the situation around to work around ways to get around it. I know it’s tough but understanding how things are will give you a better perspective around how your reactions should be. A simple act of journaling also supports to have clarity.

6. Seek Professional Help

Therapy is one of the ways to accelerate your growth and move away from this foggy mindset. If you cannot afford professional services, join online forums where professionals offer support for free. Ensure you choose certified professionals only. Therapy allows you to share your thoughts without the fear of being judged. It might open new doors in areas that you didn’t believe existed. Begin conversations with your loved ones to seek additional support.

I am aware many of you may be struggling to manage your personal and professional life. It’s here I’d like to say, no matter how broken you feel, the cracks also allow the light to enter in. Allow the light, be the light. Keep shining!

 

Author: Kashmira Lad

Indian Fashion Blogger with a Focus on Women Empowerment and Mental Health.  

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