How To Quell Coronavirus Anxiety
Millions of people are still working from home and schools are still closed. There are many sources of stress during a pandemic. It is normal to feel anxious when an infectious disease impacts every realm of your life. Below are some ways on how you can cope with stress and anxiety amid a pandemic.
Know You Are Not Alone
Uncertainty and fear are the response to things that people don’t understand and that they feel threatens their safety and their loved ones. From an emotional perspective, this pandemic appears to have a wide-ranging impact on nearly everyone. During a pandemic, have trouble sleeping, you might feel unsafe, experience distressing emotions or social isolation, and grapple with an imbalance in your work-life issues. The most important thing to keep in mind if you are extra anxious is to remember that you are not alone.
Manage Your Time On Media
There’s a fine line between staying informed and feeling overwhelmed by the news. In times like these, there’s a tendency to drown in the news. While you shouldn’t avoid the news entirely, it’s important to dial down your exposure to media content. Rely on trusted forms of communication and give yourself a break from the news and social media from time to time.
Stick To A Routine
Your usual commute and schedule might be uprooted, especially if you’re working from home. However, following a new routine can be very calming especially when it feels as though a lot of things are changing around you, or that a lot of things are altering quickly. For instance, set a schedule for yourself if you’re telecommuting that allows you to take proper breaks for meals and get enough sleep. It’s also important to continue to exercise and eat healthy foods. If you usually relax on the weekend with books or movies, continue to do that in this new normal.
Look Out For Others
If you feel like your life is out of control right now, it’s important to focus your mind and efforts on the things that are within your control. Looking out for your neighbors, family, friends, and coworkers can also provide some relief. Supporting others gives us a sense of purpose. It’s a reminder that we’re all in this together, and some people support you during difficult times. Also, do what you can to stay connected because the pandemic can be incredibly isolating.
Each of us doesn’t know what the future holds and it is one of the reasons why we feel anxious. To prevent this, focus on the present. A great way to do it is to use meditation. This will encourage you to notice what is happening with your feelings at the moment in a nonjudgmental way.
Find Other Things To Talk About
During this time where anxiety is just around the corner, utilizing your support network can be very helpful. Make sure to reach out to people who will give you support as opposed to amplify your stress. Stay in touch with your friends and talk about other things that do not give you anxiousness. If you find that your anxiety interferes with your school, work, or interpersonal relationships, you must consider reaching out to an expert. If you’re already in treatment for an anxiety disorder, you should continue to treatment amid the pandemic.