There are days when you feel like your world is upside down, there is nothing to grab onto and there isn’t a light at the end of the tunnel. Anxiety and Stress can take a serious toll on your mental health as well as physical health. Doing a bare minimum of stuff can feel like climbing a mountain somedays. And there is no question that the COVID-19 pandemic has contributed to an increase in mental health issues. Self-Care is very important in this period of increased anxiety and stress, as you will be more sensitive not only to your own feelings but also the feelings of those around you.
We have collected 5 links that will help you overcome anxiety and stress:
1. Wysa – An AI powered mental health app
Wysa is an Artificial Intelligence chat-bot app. It has a cute penguin with whom you can have a conversation about anything and it responds with tools and activities to help you cope with difficult situations. It does not replace an actual therapist but it is a safe space to vent out for free. Wysa app also has a paid program that connects you to a licensed and professional therapist. The app has helped over 3 million people with emotional distress.
2. Blah Therapy
Blah Therapy is a website where you can chat anonymously with strangers. You can choose to be either a “venter” or a “listener” and it will connect you with a random stranger for free. It is a safe space for anyone who just wants to vent out everything. There is always someone you can talk to at all times. Blah Therapy also has forums where you can post a question or a topic and anyone on the site can respond to it. Just like Wysa, Blah Therapy also has a paid service that matches you with a therapist specific to your needs.
3. Listening to Upbeat Music
We all know that upbeat music has the power to uplift your mood, but did you also know that it can help you relieve anxiety and stress?
Studies show that listening to upbeat music can drastically reduce stress and anxiety. It can help you sleep better and improve cognitive performance. Whereas, slow music helps you to relax and calm your mind. So, go ahead and turn on your favorite music now.
4. Wim Hof breathing technique for Anxiety & Stress
Wim Hof, better known by his nickname ‘The Iceman’ is a Dutch extreme athlete who is known for pushing the limits of human physiology. He is able to withstand freezing temperatures.
Wim Hof teaches guided breathing technique that has been scientifically proven to reduce stress and anxiety. It also boosts your immune system.
You can check out the Wim Hof breathing technique on Youtube.
If you find it extremely difficult to manage your distress, you can reach out to iCall counseling services.
iCall is an initiative by the School of Human Ecology, TISS- Mumbai. They have telephone and e-mail based services and these services are completely free of cost. Seems like the best idea if you want to talk to a professional counselor about your problems but don’t want to disclose your identity.
iCALL’s counseling services are available from Monday to Saturday, 8.00 a.m. to 10.00 p.m.
The Takeaway- Coping Strategies for Anxiety & Stress
The ongoing pandemic is only adding fuel to a greater mental health crisis, it is of utmost importance to prioritize your mental health during this time. Remember, there are ways we can take control of our anxiety & stress to help us get through these difficult times. Bookmark these links and share them with someone who might need it.
Remember, It is okay to feel lost,
It is okay to take your time,
It is okay not to be okay,
Acknowledge your feelings,
Your feelings are valid.