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30 days of ideas to help with the challenges we are all going through with the COVID-19 pandemic.

We are all inevitably getting anxious about the present situation with the COVID-19 pandemic and if you are a naturally anxious person then your anxiety will probably be quite high.

Although there are lots of strategies on how to deal with anxiety, CBT in particular, I felt this 30 day happiness challenge infographic gave more ideas on how to calm your anxiety at this time even though we can obviously not practice some of them.

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Can to do‘ list’s cause anxiety? Appointments, dinners, errands, we’re all juggling a million things at once and ‘yes’ some experts say that ‘to do lists can cause anxiety.

Psych Central say that ‘If you make a to-do list, carefully look at each item. How much emotional energy will you need for each one? If you tend to have the most energy in the morning, then pencil in the high-energy tasks first thing. Also, decide that you will not feel guilty for anything on your list. For example, if you want to set aside 20 minutes to folding laundry tomorrow, then give twenty minutes of your whole heart to folding laundry. Know that you are doing something of value, and don’t waste one bit of energy wishing you were doing something else.’

I am a typical ‘to do list person and I can appreciate that it can cause anxiety as I get really anxious if I don’t manage to get through what I have on my list. I also add to the list constantly which doesn’t help me to get through the list but I do get a buzz from crossing off what I have listed on it. Personally, I think the opposite as I always feel great when I have written everything down and more anxious when I have lots of things going through my mind.

Nowadays everyone seems to make a ‘to do’ list and there are many available online with ‘Wunderlist as the number one choice, a free to download app.

They say ‘Wunderlist is the easiest way to get stuff done. Whether you’re planning a holiday, sharing a shopping list with a partner or managing multiple work projects, Wunderlist is here to help you tick off all your personal and professional to-dos‘.Organize and share your to-do, work, grocery, movies and household lists. No matter what you’re planning, how big or small the task may be, Wunderlist makes it super easy to get stuff done. Set Due Dates and Reminders and Assign to-dos. No matter whether your lists are work-related or just for fun, you will never miss a deadline again with Wunderlist in charge.

I thought it was quite funny it mentioned about reminders as I have quite recently set a reminder on my phone to take one of the drugs I am on at a specific time as I just kept forgetting to take it.

Of course, a lot of us (including me) like the sort of to do lists that we manually write down as we love to cross out some of the jobs we have jotted down. I love notebooks especially the pretty ones you can buy nowadays from personalised ones from Etsy to an assortment of beautifully covered notebooks from TK Maxx.

I could spend a fortune on the ones from TK Maxx with the different statements on the front of them and can almost guarantee that my daughter will have one wrapped up for me for Christmas.

You could also just go to Pinterest and tap in ‘to do‘ list and you will be shown a page full of free to download ‘to do‘ lists just ready to start filling in and I am quite sure you will not feel in the least bit anxious about writing it, in fact some say daily ‘to do‘ lists can help productivity. Do you write a ‘to do‘ list and if so what on?








Anxiety is NOT an illness so it can’t be cured, but you CAN control it.

Understanding our anxiety, reducing physical symptoms, altering our thoughts related to anxiety and changing our behaviour related to anxiety will all help you to control it.

Write down if your anxiety is related to certain situations, places or people. Is it worse at particular times of day, are there realistic worries you have that would make you anxious.

Keep an anxiety diary for a period of two weeks, keep a daily diary of your anxiety and activity level. What you can do and rate it 0-10 and note down anything that seems important.

Were you at work, at home, who were you with, what were you doing or what were you thinking when the anxiety came on. If you are finding certain situations make you more anxious then make a note of that as well.

Try to define your problem i.e. ‘I never manage to get out and have some fun’. Now list how you can get out and have some fun, i.e. what you need and who can help you. List as many possible solutions that you can think of to help you achieve something you think is impossible to do.

Some tips to help you de-stress can be as simple as taking up a relaxing hobby, making sure you get enough sleep, eating a well balanced diet, taking regular walks around your flat/house or if you can manage it, outside. Learn to relax with some yoga, enjoy watching your favourite programme, read, knit, listen to the radio. The list is endless. Once you can find something that takes the anxiety away try to do it the minute you start getting anxious about something.

Of course if you are out and feel you are getting anxious about a situation you are in then its not possible to do the above but distraction can work for you. Take your mind off your symptoms by studying what’s around you. Study things in detail like registration numbers, if your in the car, or what shoes people are wearing, what conversations you can hear etc.