Over the last few weeks I've had a few friends really struggle with anxiety.
We're all in new territory with the current global situation... add to that some job insecurity, family members being out of reach and rules changing week to week on the way we need to live and it's no wonder people are feeling anxious.
First, it's okay to feel this way. Recognizing how you're feeling is important because then you can do something to help yourself feel better. So what can you do? Here's my top 3 tips:
TIP 1 - GIN. No, not a🍸🤦♀️... GIN = Get In Nature. Studies have shown a decline in anxiety levels of participants after exposure to nature. Lifting your mood and lowering anxiety are two ways being outdoors may be good for mental health. Memory improves, as does the ability to focus. Some people also experience a boost in creativity after being in nature.
TIP 2 - Speak to someone. If you don't have a friend, partner or family member you can safely vent to, call Beyond Blue 1800 512 348 (they have a dedicated Coronavirus Mental Wellbeing Support Service) or go to your GP for a mental health plan - 6x 50% subsidized (through Medicare) sessions with a psychologist. While we're on it, let's remove the stigma around seeing a psychologist - it doesn't say anything about you other than the fact you care about your mental health. I've seen one myself in the past and it helped me immensely.
TIP 3 - Less 🍷🍺🍹 🖥📱, more 🥑🍎🥦🥪🏃♀️🌳.
I'm not saying pour your Moet down the sink and disconnect all your devices... just a little less of the stuff that makes you feel like crap and a little more of the stuff that makes your body more fun to live in. 💜
Amanda is a registered personal trainer and certified boxing instructor who specialises in fitness for women. Her goal is to inspire women of all ages to enjoy living an active, healthy life!
As a Mum of an active boy and baby girl and owner of Perth-based personal training company She’s a Knockout, Amanda is dedicated to empowering women to be fit, strong and confident in themselves.