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Pandemic Anxiety Is Real. This Life Coach Can Help You Deal with It

Many people feel stress, worry, and grief amid the pandemic.
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Although many people might not be aware of it, anxiety brought by the pandemic is common. According to the CDC, it is natural to feel stress, anxiety, grief, and worry during the COVID-19 pandemic, but what’s important is how you deal with it. 

In fact, one study confirmed that more Filipinos are looking for mental health services amid the pandemic

“Learning to cope with stress in a healthy way will make you, the people you care about, and those around you become more resilient,” the CDC said in a statement.

One life coach is helping people cope.  

Global Master Coach Myke Celis teaches you how to keep everything together as you balance the demands of work, relationships, and personal goals, among others. 

“Taking care of our own mental health is just as important as taking care of our physical health. We need to keep ourselves safe and sane so that we will be able to survive, and hopefully thrive thereafter in the process,”  says Global Master Coach Myke Celis.

Global Master Coach Myke Celis

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Coach Myke, who has actively coached and helped empower a lot of anxious and overwhelmed individuals during the course of the pandemic, cites mental fitness as an important aspect to work on when the going gets tough.

The bestselling author of the #BestMeEver series adds, “Strengthening our self-awareness and managing all our thoughts and emotions accordingly will help us see things in a different light as we look beyond the stress and focus on what really matters most at present: what is under our control and what we can do about it. This will help us function more efficiently and effectively mentally.”

Stop assuming and verify facts. 

A lot of the accumulated stress that we feel is based on the choices we make and how we take in the news about the pandemic. 

By being intentional and clear with your consumption of news and social media in general, you protect yourself from unwanted stress. 

“While being informed is helpful, be mindful about the amount of information you take in and how you digest each one of them,” says Celis.

“Ask yourself: What do I need to know now? What will work best for me? What is true? By being intentional and clear with your consumption of news and social media in general, you protect yourself from unwanted stress. Stop assuming and start being more vigilant and diligent when verifying facts.” 

Staying mentally fit during the pandemic is not an easy task, and the celebrity life coach acknowledges it.  

“What is key here is that you are able to set healthy boundaries and you know that you are not alone in your journey.

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“Think about who can support you now, what safety precautions you must observe,  and what adjustments you must make so you don’t feel anxious?” 

According to Celis, following health protocols, getting vaccinated, planning the day, and staying connected will help you manage your mental health better.

Simplify everything.  

Coach Myke adds these important things to help empower our mental health: 

"Simplify everything. Take your time. Acknowledge how you feel. Celebrate wins. Always be grateful. These positive actions can help strengthen your mental health. Instead of coming from a space of resistance and regret, shift to seeing things coming from having an open mind and heart. That can do wonders for you."

He also emphasizes the value of reaching out to professionals. 

“If you feel overwhelmed, reach out to a mental health professional, whether it's a psychologist, a psychiatrist, a therapist, or a coach. That's the best thing you can do because, at the end of the day, your mental health (and overall well-being) is important so don't deny yourself that opportunity to give yourself what is due. There's nothing to be ashamed about because that's a beautiful expression of self-love.”

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