Thursday, 28 May 2020

Living In Lockdown With Anxiety

living in lockdown with anxiety

As someone who suffers with anxiety, lockdown for me has been and is becoming more stressful in terms of anxiety and depression. For the past 8 weeks or so my anxiety has been through the roof...literally!

Life prior to lockdown involved: going out to see family, long walks, baby classes and overall just freedom especially when the days were a little more gloomier. Anyone who suffers with anxiety will know you have good days and bad days but then you also have those very bad days that no one likes to talk about. However, with lockdown I have not been able to escape the bad days like I normally would and so it builds and builds up to those very bad days. Personally, lockdown did not bring about a drastic change to my day-to-day life, being on maternity leave, meant I was spending most of my time at home, but it has taken away my freedom especially on those very bad days. Most of the time, it is just me and my baby at home, the days my husband is at home it feels like a blessing.

When lockdown was initially announced, I felt a sense of security and peace. I knew my baby and I were safe in our home even though my husband is a key worker. We continued to follow precautions and the advice that was given- but I was still suffering with anxiety which kept me awake at night. I realised during the day, I was surrounded by nothing but updates on the coronavirus which was sending me into panic. I then stopped listening to the news or watching programmes based on the virus- and my anxiety got better but was still there. For me, it the unknown that causes the most anxiety, and until it all becomes a little more clear it will continue to cause it.

I thought I would share a few tips on how I try and control my anxiety.
  • Have a routine- This is so important for everyone whether you suffer with anxiety or not. It gives your life more of a purpose, motivating you to get on with your day, sets you goals and by the end of the day you feel like you have accomplished your goals for the day.
  • Take a break- Every so often take a break and just relax. I get moments in my life where I want to just sit and do nothing, and that is totally fine. Looking after a baby is a full time job and can be tough. However, taking care of a teething baby is more of a challenge.
  • Do what you love- For me I love cooking, whether that is baking or improvising with what I have in my kitchen. I find cooking relaxing and and the end result is always rewarding...well most of the time.
  • Eat well- As the saying goes, you are what you eat. On my down days, all I want is junk but that just leaves me feeling a lot worse, lazy and tired. So I have started to eat more nutritious food, which in turn gives me a boost and makes me feel good.
  • Talk to someone- It took me a while to grasp this but I cannot stress how important it is for the mind. Letting people in especially those who are there to help can lift a big weight of your chest.
I would love to know, how you are finding lockdown?

As always, thank you for reading.

With love,
Alisha x

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