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Anxiety and Coronavirus

Anxiety and Coronavirus

30 September 2020

Everyday life has changed for us all this year. At times, many of us have felt nervous, worried or anxious. It is normal to feel this way and we all react differently to change – however big or small those changes might be.

When we are anxious our body releases hormones such as adrenaline and cortisol – it is our body’s way of preparing us to react to stressful situations. The problem is that our bodies are not built to maintain high levels of stress or anxiety for long. If we don’t do anything about it, we increase the risk of damaging our long-term physical and mental health.

Anxiety can make certain tasks or situations seem like they are too much to take on and we become overwhelmed. The good news is that there are lots of simple things you can do to look after your mental health, physical health and wellbeing during these changeable times.

Check out Ben’s tips to help you manage anxiety below, that should help in fighting the fear and reducing those anxious episodes. You may find one or two that work best for you:

1. Breathe
It sounds simple enough, but the best thing to do is take a deep breath, filling our lungs, holding it for five seconds and then breathing out. This will help calm our breathing and heart rate, allowing the body to relax.

2. Meditate
Meditating calms the physical symptoms through focused breathing, before taking our thoughts away from our fears and towards a more positive subject. There are lots of mobile apps available so catching a few minutes even on the move is easy.

3. Distract your mind
It is all about refocusing our minds away from the fears that have triggered anxiety. Listen to some music, be creative and draw, even play a game on a mobile phone. Tuning into something else gives your mind a chance to rest.

4. Talk
Taking the thoughts out of our heads can reduce the weight of the issue, so talking it through with a friend or family member can make all the difference in reducing anxiety.

5. Physical distractions
Exercise releases endorphins in your body, so any physically challenging activity will help the body to feel better as well as make you feel mentally more positive.

If you’re suffering from anxiety and you work, or have worked, in the automotive industry, you don’t have to suffer in silence. You can call Ben’s helpline on 08081 311 333, chat with them online or send them an email.

About Ben

Ben exists to provide support for life to the people of the automotive industry and their families. Their coronavirus hub provides a wealth of advice and support on specific areas of health and wellbeing that may be affected due to the current pandemic.

If you would like to find out more about how Ben can help you, visit ben.org.uk, chat with them online here or call their helpline on 08081 311 333.