You’ve seen the memes about 2020 being a mess, but for some moms, that isn’t too far from reality. With an ongoing pandemic, economic downturn, natural disasters, the stress of the US election cycle, and any number of other personal problems, it is easy to get overwhelmed and feel like you are constantly on the edge of a breakdown. For those who normally struggle with anxiety, it can be absolutely overwhelming. While these methods may not be a total fix, there are some things you can do to manage your anxiety and find your equilibrium.
Disconnect and Unplug
The neverending news cycle and access to immediate information makes all the things going wrong seem that much more overwhelming, especially if you are already struggling. Rather than let this continue to cause you anxiety, set some limits for yourself. If you have social media apps on your phone, consider deleting them or setting a time restriction on how often you can use them. Commit yourself to only checking news sites at specific times and limiting that as well. If possible, spend time without any electronics. Separating yourself from a constant flow of information will allow your brain to calm down a little and help you feel less anxious.
Use Natural Remedies
Anxiety often comes with a host of physical symptoms and these can just start a vicious cycle of making your anxiety worse because you are worried about your physical well-being. In order to help with this, consider using natural remedies. Studies have shown that cbd oil can be effective in reducing anxiety, and some of the accompanying issues, such as headaches and nausea. Many tea blends also contain natural remedies, and the act of holding a warm cup of tea can be very soothing as well.
Evaluate Your To-Dos
The neverending list of things you feel like you need to be doing is something that can push you over the edge. When you find your list of things you feel like have to be done right now is too much, take a step back and really look at the things on your list. Are they things that really have to be done? Are they things that you can control? What can be put on the backburner? What can you ask for help with? Your to-do list can be helpful for keeping you organized, but it is also important to make sure they don’t push you into non-action because you don’t know how to get it all done.
Self-care may sound like a cliche, but it is a cliche for a reason. As a mom, it is important to remember that you have needs to, and you deserve to make sure you are taken care. While everyone’s version of self-care may look a little different, don’t forget to take some time to pamper yourself. This may be taking a nice bath, re-reading your favorite happy book, making one of your favorite meals. It is important to find what you need, without feeling guilty over it. One of the biggest things that undermines self-care is the little voice in the back of your head that reminds you of all the things you “should be doing.” If this is something you struggle with, try reframing your self-care in your mind as a recharge period so you have the energy and resilience to tackle everything else you need to do.
Whatever methods you choose to manage your anxiety, it can be helpful to remember that you aren’t the only one struggling with everything going on right now. It may also be helpful to seek help from a doctor or therapist to help you manage your anxiety.