Feeling stressed, fearful and socially isolated during this global pandemic? Sounds like you’re in the same boat as the rest of us. As many people are in panic mode trying to maintain physical health, our mental health is paying the price! A recent review of user data from the mental health and wellness digital platform, Total Brain, shows that stress, anxiety, negativity and loss of focus have significantly worsened. The risk of addiction and depression is on the rise. There is no better time than now to work on transforming fear into opportunity.
The Total Brain data finds that more than half of Americans admit they’re suffering from anxiety brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic. And, 20% of those respondents say they are very anxious. Feelings of fear and not being in control, if not dealt with, can have long-range effects. While we are not able to control the situation, we can control the way our bodies respond.
Dr. Evian Gordon, co-founder and Chief Medical Officer of Total Brain, tells The Daily Buzz there are simple steps that you can take to help transform fear into calm, positivity and focus. He suggests taking six breaths a minute, for three minutes, to bring calm and a bit of stress relief. And, when it comes to those negative feelings, remember, we are what we focus on. Dr. Gordon says when you focus on the problem, you magnify the problem. Therefore, consider nudging yourself towards more positive thoughts. Small steps are key when it comes to transforming focus. It is okay to finish one thing at a time.
While fear is a scary brain hijack, it is also the most likely trigger for personal change. As for helping others with anxiety during this pandemic, saying positive statements, visualizing positive outcomes, and choosing positive cues can also help nudge a positive brain state.
To learn more about managing your mental health, go to totalbrain.com