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Tips For Women To Manage Anxiety During The COVID-19 Pandemic

With COVID-19 spreading across the globe, everyone is now facing massive disruptions in their daily lives. Despite its seemingly flu-like symptoms, the novel coronavirus can be lethal for a small but significant subset of the population. The fear of catching the virus, as well as economic uncertainties brought about by social distancing measures, can be a source of anxiety for many people. Women’s health can suffer during these trying times, so here are tips for women to mitigate their distress and to cultivate their physical and mental health.

Understand The Risks

Research shows that women are more likely to suffer from anxiety than men. Perhaps brain chemistry or hormonal changes play a role here. Behaviorally, women have different coping strategies. They are more likely to resort to stress-inducing rumination, compared to men who prefer problem-solving based rumination. While these are generalizations, they show that women in general face high risks from anxiety-inducing scenarios, such as a growing pandemic.

The main takeaway here is for you to see how certain mindsets and behaviors can make you more prone to anxiety. For example, fight the urge to dwell on stressful thoughts. In light of the pandemic, focus your energy and resources on finding ways to reduce the risk of exposure for you and your loved ones. It may also help to distract yourself so that you can break the continuous thoughts of fear and dread in your mind.

Learn About The Situation

You may think that you know what you need, but it won’t hurt to increase your awareness about the current situation. Learning about the specific events unfolding now will help reduce the uncertainty in your mind. Doubt is an authoritative source of stress and anxiety, and the antidote to it is awareness.

Particularly, read about what different stakeholders, such as the government or businesses, are doing in these trying times. You might also consider learning more about what future scenarios look like weeks or even months from now.

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Be Wary Of Taking Information

However, take note that not all information sources are useful. Many articles and videos only serve to sow discontent and fear as a marketing strategy. These types of content have clickbait titles and present sensationalized content, all as a way to attract more viewers. Stay away from these content as much as possible.

Despite what naysayers may proclaim, there is lots of hope. The world will not go back to the status quo after the health crisis ends because society now has a new normal to anticipate.

Stay Connected To People

Most people find joy in connecting with people. Women’s preferences vary. Some like to talk to as many people as they can in a single sitting, while others like to spend long hours conversing with someone very close to them. However, strict social distancing measures can mean that you only have limited opportunities to socialize.

Communication technologies shine during these times. You can choose from various messaging and telecommunications software to remain in touch with others. Spend some time every day, catching up with your family and friends. Listen to them as they share their insights and feelings, and be prepared to share yours. According to Erwin Tan, M.D., AARP, “Family and friends will need to work together to make sure they can remain connected without exposing each other to COVID-19.”

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Find Ways To Help

Empowerment is a potent tool against anxiety. There are many ways to help, including donating money or resources to frontliners keeping critical services running. You can start information drives to inform others about what’s happening and how they should help. You can even try more unique methods, such as using your computer’s resources to help scientists study the novel coronavirus.

Every little action counts towards a healthier society, and altruism can also help you feel good.

Seek Professional Services

Finally, if you have anxiety disorders or other mental health conditions, make sure that you have the tools you need to manage. Check if you have a sufficient supply of any medications. Reach out to your therapist and ask about ways to stay in contact. For example, a telemedicine setup can help you access consulting services whenever you need them.

Women’s mental health can suffer as the global pandemic continues to spread. However, you have the power to protect yourself from anxiety. Whatever happens, remember to take care of yourself.

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Aside from physical wellbeing, mental health also becomes an issue during pandemics and other crises. The overall pessimism and uncertainty can stress many people, adding to the fear of eventually catching the disease. Children are also prone to mental stress, especially if they don’t have adequate knowledge about the current situation.

Equality: Men And Women

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It all started at the 2017 Empower Women Conference. “Empowering Women Locally and Globally to Positively Impact the World,” that was the theme of the conference. The whole event took five hours, but for me, it seemed like a few minutes. Indiana University and their Office of International Services presented this conference, and of course, the topics were about empowering women. They wanted to show women that they can conquer fields like education, leadership development, and social justice.

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Things To Consider Before Getting A Divorce

Melissa and Harvey have been married for eleven years. Melissa recounted that they have a blissful life until she got pregnant after trying for almost six years. The house was full of energy while both expecting parents were excited about the coming of their first-born child. However, during Melissa’s second trimester, she got into a car accident and lost her baby. After this incident, Melissa’s outlook on life changed and she started to feel depressed most of the time. On the other hand, Harvey expressed frustration and disappointment in helping Melissa with her emotional problems. He no longer feels the connection that he used to have with the relationship. He was already considering getting a divorce. 

 

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On War With Negative Body Image

“Oftentimes it seems to come out of nowhere. It might speak up when you’re in the fitting room, when you’re going to the gym, when you’re getting ready for dinner, when you’re eating, when you’re focused on a project for work, when you’re walking down the street. One of the toughest parts about silencing that negative voice is that it sounds suspiciously similar to our own voice.” Margarita Tartakovsky, MS talks about negative body image.

Women these days inescapably feel insecure about their bodies and physical appearance. It makes them attempt to manipulate their bodies to please the eyes of everyone. Celebrities seen on television tend to demonstrate how to become successful and popular by being thin. And this is what we call the “thin-ideal media” concept where most actresses who have important roles in films or shows are undeniably thin. It seems like every year the body size of women portrayed by the mass media is getting smaller and smaller. We can’t deny the fact that this type of women is marketable and considered by the majority as attractive. 

 

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Improving Nutrition To Boost Mental Health

“Mental health includes our emotional, psychological, and social well-being. It influences how we think, feel, and behave. It also determines how we cope with stress, relate to others, and make choices. Although we may think of mental health in terms of having a mental health diagnosis such as depression, mental health issues impact everyone,” according to Certified Coach Amanda Morris PsyD.

If you are feeling down in the dumps lately, having problems with your relationships or connections, you may have to consider changing your diet completely. The research on nutritional intake concerning the onset of mental health imbalances has connected specific food items that help boost and improve emotional states. Most experts agree with the findings of these studies and have promoted the practice to their patients who are experiencing difficulties in handling psychological conflicts, especially on mood disorders. “All food is not created equal, and the dietary choices we make affect our bodies and minds over the weeks, months and years,” according to Lauren Broch, PhD, a clinical health psychologist.

 

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Overcoming Gamophobia: The Fear Of Marriage

It’s not unheard of for either the bride or groom to get cold feet before the wedding. Some pre-wedding anxiety is perfectly normal and natural, as virtually everyone experiences such anxiety to one degree or another. – John M. Grohol, Psy.D.

Some people have “cold feet” about the idea of committing for life through a sacred bond called marriage. They may be afraid of getting a lifetime commitment; nonetheless, they can have romantic relationships. It may be described by those who have gamophobia that their fear of marriage is parallel to the fear of dying. People having this type of phobia either remain spinsters, bachelors or committed to a single partner for the rest of their life. 

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5 Things Women Are Anxious About

In today’s world where social media makes a tremendous deal of influence, most women are rushing to blend in or make their way to be noticed or be extraordinary. The powerful force of opinion is what runs this world now. It is what causes anxiety in women, and they just don’t want to admit it, or they may be unaware of it.

“Anxiety is a reaction to a situation we perceive as stressful or dangerous,” says Monique Reynolds, Ph.D., licensed clinical psychologist.

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Coping Mechanisms for Women to Eliminate Work Anxiety and Stress

Are you lagging at work? Is functioning appropriately such a predicament? Are you feeling exhausted at every turn and are almost always irritable at your colleagues and boss? Are you still meeting goals and deadlines?

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I’d Put My Trust In Online Counseling: I Think I’m Suffering From Anxiety And Depression

                                                                                      

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My mom gave me away for adoption when I was 15. Yes, 15! If I think about it now, I couldn’t fathom why anyone would give away their child at that age. I mean, wasn’t I part of the family? Didn’t they want me?

 

To think they weren’t even struggling in life. My mom gave me away to my wealthy aunt who couldn’t have a child, but regardless, I felt like a puppy! I have three brothers, and I’m the eldest. I was her only daughter, and she gave me away! I thought my stepdad didn’t want me because I wasn’t his. My stepdad was a policeman, and he was the one providing for the family so that I couldn’t ask my mom for anything. At least my brothers can.

 

My first year with my new family was great. I could buy whatever I want which is something I have never done with my real mom. When I turned 17, my step-parents started to argue a lot. The once happy house became so quiet that I felt alone. Nobody cared how lonely it was for me, and I couldn’t demand comfort from my aunt. I thought she was struggling herself. Things got pretty bad, and the family started to fall apart, and I learned that they were getting a divorce.

 

This was the beginning of my struggle with depression and anxiety.

You may experience anxiety as the feeling of having a pit in your stomach when you worry about something or as thoughts that race around keeping you up at night. Or even as a sense of dread that you’re not going be able to handle what’s ahead.Alicia H. Clark PsyD

Some people who are diagnosed with depression do not report feeling depressed, sad or low, but rather, they report experiencing significantly diminished interest or pleasure in all, or almost all, activities most of the day, nearly every day. Either one, or both together, can be present when considering a diagnosis of depression.Simon Rego, PsyD

 

Where Am I going to Go?

 

What’s Going To Happen To Me?

 

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Before everything falls into pieces in front of me, I ran away with a friend. Although I was uncertain of what I was going to do, I felt free. For once in my life, I had control of where I was going to go. I had a choice. We rented an apartment and worked as a performer. I had to drink with the clients, so I was drunk every night. At first, I felt I had the time of my life. I enjoyed meeting new people, and they seemed to enjoy my company. Some men even offered me marriage, but I was enjoying myself too much to settle, and I was always a believer in love.

 

A few months later, my friend left me. She met a guy, and they decided to live together, so I was left alone. I had on and off relationships, but they all didn’t work out. The last one I had made an impact on me. He was an addict, and I was the one supporting him. There were times he’d hurt me whenever he asks for money, but I would tell him no. I knew I had to get out of that relationship, and I’m not that weak to stay when I know I don’t mean anything.

 

I finally had a new place to start a new beginning, again. It’s like having my fourth life. When I got settled, I began to have nightmares and some other odd things happening to my body. I sweat, and I feel like I’m running out of breath. Sometimes, I think that I’m dying, and I just get so scared that it causes me my sleep. I don’t get excited about the stuff that used to be fun for me. I just felt that I am sinking into a dark hole, and I couldn’t do anything!

 

I knew I needed help, so I took the step to get myself to counseling, but I felt nervous and hesitant when I got to the therapist’s office. I got nervous. I didn’t know what to say, so I went out of the building even before I reached the clinic. When I got home, I started to feel weird again. I was sitting on my couch and staring at my computer screen for almost 20 minutes. Then an idea popped into my head, “I might as well look for help online.” Then I spent half an hour reading about online counseling, which I think I’m going to try. I have booked my first session, and I’m hopeful that things will be better for me. “The benefits of therapy extend far beyond periods of crisis,” according to Ryan Howes, Ph.D. “Many people want more than to be ‘not depressed.’ They wonder what they can do to be the happiest, most productive, most loving version of themselves.”

 

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I am ready to know myself and understand why I feel what I feel. Whatever’s in the past is gone, and although I feel sick, I am full of positivity that I am on my way to see better days. I’d put my trust in online counseling.

What Psychiatry Has To Say About Women Who Are Anxious To Get Married

 

We all know someone who can’t wait to have a partner, settle down, and have kids. It seems like their priority in life is to get hitched. Is this feeling normal? What does psychiatry have to say about people, women in particular, who are anxious to get married? Why do they make it a big deal to settle down within a target age? 

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