It started out with an anxious thought about the fact that your parents aren’t social distancing properly. Then you start deep cleaning the house, and before you know it, it’s 4 a.m., you’re scrubbing the shower grout with a toothbrush and worrying about whether or not you should have taken that job offer you turned down back in January. Seems random, right? It isn’t.
If you’ve been finding yourself worrying more in general lately, you might be stuck in what we like to call an “anxiety pyramid.” It’s when an anxiety provoking situation (like a global pandemic) worsens your anxiety in all areas. Not fun. “The COVID-19 pandemic is traumatic. Traumas can exacerbate existing anxieties and fears, often bringing underlying emotions and problems to the surface,” explains Sarah Powers, Licensed Clinical Therapist at Tia.
Thankfully, you don’t have to stay stuck in your anxiety pyramid for the foreseeable future. Here, three mental health experts share their tips for getting yourself out of it.