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5 Tips to Manage Your Anxiety

JAN 1, 2021 12:30 PM
Trust your resources: we get a lot of news from social media, friends, family, etc. that can exacerbate things. Panicking about inaccurate information is a waste of time! Think critically about the source, and stay tuned to information provided from VUU.

Here’s a link to the CDC that provides up to date briefings.

Take a news break:
staying on top of the news is one way our brains like to feel in control of an out of control situation. However, it’s a shortcut to more stress and worry! What can you do? Designate 5-10 minutes in the morning and afternoon to check reliable sources for updates.

Turn off push notifications from news media outlets. Limit time on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

Focus on what you can control: when things seen scary and unknown, it’s helpful to focus on what you can control.

Here are some practical things you can do:
Follow hand washing steps
Get your flu shot
Keep hand sanitizer in your bag and use it
Get enough rest
Cover your cough/sneeze with a tissue
Stay home when you are sick
Avoid touching your face

Use healthy coping strategies: taking a break from school, work, etc., is essential for feeling balanced and well. Make sure you are doing something for yourself each other.
Here are some ideas:
Take a 10 min walk
Take a yoga class or find a yoga video on Youtube.
Here’s a brief yoga practice you can use to start.

Mediate, pray, read a few biblical scriptures
Read this list of things you can do to stay well in a Time of COVID19
Watch a funny movie
Color or draw
Drink some chamomile or peppermint tea

Use Calm.com for additional mediations

Get help if you need it: If you’re tried at least 1-4 coping strategies, anxiety is still causing problems, and experiencing:
Trouble sleeping or eating
Problems with focus and attention
Difficulty going to class or work
Thoughts about harming or killing yourself

For employees: reach out to your health insurance provider for a referral to a licensed clinician, for students, contact counseling services at counseling@vuu.edu or stop by Henderson 1013.
1500 N. Lombardy Street
Virginia Union University, VA 23220
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