The last year has been so hard. Since the pandemic first started, I’ve been experiencing an overwhelming sense of fear and anxiety. It’s like my anxious thoughts have taken up residence inside my brain and I’m unable to make them go away.
My worries range from both big and small things - like when I’m just out in the grocery store or worrying about providing for my family’s future. The fact that it seems like there is no end in sight only adds to my anxiety.
It’s difficult for me to stay connected with friends and family, as so many of us don’t feel comfortable going out and having social gatherings. That feels extremely isolating, which can also contribute to stress and anxiety levels.
I’ve tried different methods to cope with the situation, which at times can be effective but not always — like deep-breathing exercises, meditation or taking some time alone for myself each day away from screens and news updates.
Currently, I’m trying therapy which helped me realize that pandemic-induced feelings of anxiety aren’t uncommon or something to be ashamed of — they’re normal under these circumstances. Having someone listen carefully without judgement has made me feel more calm and hopeful about managing my anxieties over the long term.