Anxiety Management During Pandemic Days~

Lovely images to view for stress management.

Many of us are experiencing emotional distress from the pandemic which can affect each of us in different ways, but often presents as increasing anxiety, worry, sleep disruption, feelings of helplessness, panic, and/or depression.

The shrieking headlines don’t help do they? So what can we do to manage these feelings and feel stronger emotionally and psychologically as we prepare ourselves to face the difficult days ahead?

As a psychotherapist who has practiced for many decades, I have some ideas that can help. So if you are interested, read on.

We are going to make a customized anxiety toolbox. One approach doesn’t work for everyone, pick and choose what feels right for you. Of course I’m including relaxing photos intermixed in this post because looking at positive images is an objective and powerful anxiety reducer. What you perceive influences how you think and feel.

ANXIETY TOOLBOX:

Self Talk Reframing (Cognitive Therapy)

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Death Valley’s Wild Burros~

We were in Death Valley for 2 days and didn’t see any. They must hide. The burros in Custer State Park in South Dakota are friendly, pushy too, if you have food, but I’d never approach a mom and baby. I’m not stupid!

Death Valley National Park is the largest national park in the lower ’48 consisting of 5,270mi² s of barren, beautiful desert. It holds the world record for the hottest place on earth topping out at 134 F in 2013.

Burros (donkeys) were introduced to the park by gold miners in the 1800’s. Some escaped and wild burros have thrived in the park ever since. Burros dig holes to find water and these holes are often used by other desert creatures. Burros are a food source for resident mountain lions, taking pressure off big horn sheep populations.

Burros are not wanted by The National Park Service in Death Valley.

The front page of the 2019 National Park Summer Visitor Guide says burros are an “invasive species……they stomp around and make a mess…they over browse…..they can be mean and aggressive when defending young….they stand in roads and won’t budge.”

This sounds a…

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Wear it Well

Love this!

Annette Rochelle Aben

“Make it look just like the fall leaves,” she told the hair stylist. “I want to see all the beautiful colors each time I turn my head!”

It took hours, weaving the different colors throughout her flowing tresses. Each was a blend of several shades, to create the desired outcome. Bright red, burnt orange, rose gold, pale yellow and rich copper, soon covered most of her natural, warm brown.

When the blow dryer stopped, the anxious client was turned toward the mirror to view the stylist’s handiwork. Everyone gasped as Willow’s hair cascaded over her shoulders in autumn splendor.

Written in response to Sue Vincent’s photo prompt, she titled: Copper.

https://scvincent.com/2019/10/03/thursday-photo-prompt-copper-writephoto/

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