Guest Post: 3 Helpful Ways to Manage Lockdown Anxiety

The following is a guest post by Rach Talks Business, a lovely blogger and member of the blogging community.

As we enter another lockdown period, it is so important to check in on the people around us. Mental health and well-being need to become our top-priority though these uncertain times. After suffering with anxiety for several years, I thought it would be helpful to share my personal recommendations.

These are basic tips on dealing with isolation anxiety, as well as some helpful book recommendations I have used in order to stay positive over the last few months.

Everyone is different and although these tips work for me they may not work for you, so it is important to seek medical advice if you are feeling low during these difficult times.

Limit Time on Social Media

Social media is a useful tool in everyone’s day to day life and an amazing communication tool for bloggers. However, social media can be a negative place and misleading information spreads like wildfire.

It is important to ensure you are not taking in too much negativity from social media as this can heighten your anxiety and make you feel overwhelmed. I usually spend no more than two hours each day on social media channels. My advice would be to use credible sources such as government websites if I want to know any information around lockdown rules or information on how to stay safe. Try to avoid fake news articles if you can!

Self-Care

When I am having a down week, the first thing that happens to me personally is I forget to take care of myself. Once you get into a bad routine it is much harder to get yourself out.

Every day, even if you’re feeling down try to get up, have a wash, and get dressed. It seems so simple but being inside all the time can easily lead to far too many PJ days. I always feel positive and fresh once I have had a pamper and made myself feel good.

Showers and baths are amazing for stress relief, so allocate one night a week for a proper pamper.

Bathroom with pink hues and large bath
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Stay Occupied

It is important to stay distracted and occupied during this uncertain time. Make time each day to take a step back and get lost in a book or TV show. Taking yourself away from the reality of the world is healthy and gives your brain a well needed rest.

Over the last few months I have found some books that have made me feel super positive in myself.

One of the first books I was recommended was ‘The Anxiety Solution’ by Chloe Brotheridge. Chloe’s book focuses on how to recognise anxiety, what to do, and how to work with your anxiety and most importantly, move on from it. The author uses her own scientific research and examples from her own experiences, making the novel extremely relatable.

‘The Anxiety Solution’ gave me some amazing tips in helping to control my anxious feelings.

Another book that has helped me in terms of keeping a positive outlook on life is ‘The
Secret’ by Rhonda Byrne. I was extremely sceptical about reading ‘The Secret’ as I
know this book is marmite. Some people love it and follow the ideas and views
religiously- and other people do not find it very useful.

I personally found the book helpful in changing my outlook on life and making me feel positive and motivated.

Books and notebooks, with glasses resting on open book.
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Finally, a tiny recommendation I have is ‘The Little Book of Positivity’ by Lucy Lane. I was recently bought this by a friend for my birthday and it is filled with inspirational messages and thoughts all about positivity.

It is a lovely little book to read if you’re having a down day and need a little pick me up! It is also the perfect little gift for a friend who mightn’t be feeling themselves. I have some more suggestions on how you can stay occupied during this uncertain time on my post, Simple Anxiety Tips To Help Through Covid-19.

This uncertain period is not forever, and you will get through it. Everyone is in the same boat so please remember your feelings are always valid and there is always someone you can speak to if you’re feeling anxious or lonely. Stay connected with the people you love and never be afraid to talk about your feelings to your friends. A problem shared is a problem halved!

Rachel x

Rachel is a fantastic blogger, using her blog as a way to put her marketing knowledge to good use and promoting small, independent businesses over on her blog.

If you’d like to find out more about Rachel, you can connect with her on Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest!

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  1. I’ve been trying to stay busy by throwing myself into my blog work and getting my house ready for when I move out so I really understand staying occupied! X

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  2. I completely removed all personal social media during our first lockdown and it was amazing!!!! There is so much negativity on it, that it was making me feel worse everyday. Staying occupied is the best thing to do. I typically paint on canvas’s outside or go bike riding. Anything outdoors helps my mental state,even if it is stretching outside. Great guest post!

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  3. Wow, love this post! I used to struggle a lot with anxiety in the past, and I used almost all your tips to overcome it. To this day self-care is an important part of keeping my sanity, and I’m a big believer of The Secret / Law of Attraction. I hope this will help many who are experiencing this today. X

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  4. Staying occupied is a lifesaver, I can tell when my mind is wandering coz work may be quiet. It’s been busy lately so I’ve been happier. I have my screen time notifications and though I’ve managed to get it down I’m still embarrassed by how many hours I spend online, around 2 a day! I’ve capped it though and it’s helping! X

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  5. Self-care & pampering yourself is so important. Now, more than ever we need to take care of our body. I’m also trying to stay occupied and to train my mind to become more positive. Thanks for the book recommendations. The Little Book of Positivity sounds like a great book – I’ll check it out!

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  6. I feel lockdown has affected my mental health and increased it massively so this post was really useful. Recently I’ve been trying to limit social media and take more care of myself, but being a blogger, that’s very hard lol!

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    1. I’m glad! It’s certainly not been a very positive time for everyone, but hopefully things are looking up 🙂 that’s my problem too- I don’t use personal social media but I’m still on it all the time for my blog x

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  7. Lockdown anxiety can look different for everyone. I’ve found myself becoming irritated because I’m forced to stay inside. Some days I’d love to spend the day out walking and people watching, it helps me relax and clear my mind. It’s much harder now, so I resorted to taking walks at the park and going for runs.

    Exercise could be an addition to this already great list!

    I hope anyone reading this can find a healthy way to release this anxiety.

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  8. This is such a helpful post. I’ve definitely noticed my anxiety returning stronger than ever since been at home. I’ve been trying to keep as busy as possible but I’m definitely going to try some other tips too.

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  9. This post is still so relatable after so long! Limiting social media can help so much, mostly at times like this and keeping busy too, sometimes you just need to have your mind concentrating on something to feel a bit better! Thank you for sharing x

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