Counseling Anxiety Disorders, Phoenix, Scottsdale, Paradise Valley Arizona

Anxiety and stress is at an all time in Arizona as well as in most countries world wide. It is normal to feel high stress and anxiety due to the unknown in relation to the COVID19 pandemic. There is uncertainty in relation to : our work, employment, stock market, 401 K, and our employment future. There is uncertainty in relation to attending schools and going back to school. There have been huge change in the way we live our lives. The closure of: restaurants, eateries, bars, museums, fun parks, gyms, concerts, travel, visiting relatives, shopping, retail and more have changed our daily routine. Many families are now all at home working at home and participating in online schooling at home as well. We do not know when COVID 19 changes in our lives will end. Experts are all over the board as far when we will get a handle on this pandemic. Many Health experts state it will be 18 months, 12 months, 6 months, etc. One thing we do know is that change is challenging and we will all have to make huge changes over the next few months if not years!

Here are some things you can do to help manage your stress and anxiety and stay as balanced and healthy as possible:

It is important to be realistic and aware of the health issues and stay educated , however, watching the news for long periods of time will feed into anxious and depressed mood and greater stress in your life and the lives of your loved ones. I turned on the Tv for a moment and they had a second by second death count of those w COVID 19 in each country of the world being updated each second. I am not sure how this information is going to help anyone feel good. Minimizing your exposure to the negative anxiety producing news, social media, TV, Internet, Web sites etc is vital for you to mange your stress and anxiety. There is a great deal of research over 50 years on negative/fearful/anxiety news and anxiety and mood disorders. Managing your children exposure is important as well. There are a lot of activities we can do that do not involve the media.

Staying in balance is vital and this involves your mental health and stress as well as your physical body. Eating a healthy diet is important filled with vegetables, legumes, and fruits is important fo your health. Obtaining 8-10 hours of sleep is important as well. Experts recommend 50 grams daily from : vegetables, whole grains, beans, legumes.An Arizona State expert states we eat enough protein however we need to make sure we are eating 30-50gms of fiber a day for optimal health. Drinking a lot of water is very important for managing stress as well. Experts state you should be going number one every few hours and if not you are not drinking enough water. Water is important for disease prevention as well.

Exercise is vital at this time and research shows that doing 15 minutes of intense exercise daily in short bursts is beneficial for disease prevention as well as cardiovascular health and metabolic fitness. Ramping up from moderate levels to vigorous levels where you are exerting your self for short periods of time may be more beneficial than long bouts of exercise at moderate levels.

There are many excellent skills and Counseling therapies that can be used to mange stress and anxiety through counseling at LifeworksAZ. David Abrams MAPC, LPC, Arizona Psychotherapist has been helping people mange stress and anxiety and has worked with anxiety disorders, panic, social anxiety, depression and more. To see his expertise you can go to his web site above

Articles are not to be taken as a substitute for professional advice or counseling.