It's obvious to be concerned about your health and safety with the COVID-19 outbreak, the first-ever major pandemic in recent history. It's been almost a year we are trying to combat this pandemic. Still, there's a continuous increase in the number of cases in the United States and many other parts of the world. Schools and offices have started opening up because of the economic downturn, but that doesn't imply the condition is under control. The two COVID-19 vaccines Pfizer and Moderna, are in the dry run process and will soon be made available to the general population. This pandemic has left many people jobless or cost the lives of their loved ones, which adds up to the anxiety during COVID-19.
Little stress or worry is natural, but if it is preventing you from performing your daily chores or affecting your relationships at home, school, work, or elsewhere, you should consult a mental health specialist.
Are you also finding ways to cope with stress and anxiety during coronavirus disease? If yes, read the complete blog and expand your knowledge on the same.
Do you have anxiety about coronavirus?
If you are excessively worried about COVID-19 and have a sense of fear that you are unable to handle, you may have coronavirus anxiety. You can also experience some of the following symptoms:
- Trouble sleeping
- Trouble concentrating
- Rapid breathing
- Obsessive thoughts about getting sick
- Panic attacks
What to do if the non-stop coronavirus is increasing your anxiety level?
Since the novel coronavirus outbreak, people are constantly watching or reading the news to get the latest updates about the infection. You may feel anxious if you are consuming news too much or too often. There are lots of fraudulent web resources that are spreading false news about the disease and rely on trustable sources only.
To reduce such anxiety during coronavirus, you should limit your news resources to 1 - 2 trustable sources. Aim to read or listen to them just once or twice a day. You should choose one national and one international source so as to keep you informed regarding all the latest updates regarding the coronavirus disease.
Focus on things that you can control
At times, your mind may focus on the things that might happen. In that case, try to divert your focus to things that you can control. For instance, you can't control the severity of an outbreak in your locality; however, taking preventive measures to minimize your odds of getting infected and transmitting is under your control. Consider the following tips:
- Wash your hands oftentimes with soap and water, or use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
- Stay home as much as you can, even if you aren't sick.
- Maintain a safe distance of at least 6 feet between yourself and others when out.
- Get adequate sleep, which helps strengthen your immune system.
- Avoid all non-essential shopping and travel.
- Avoid touching your face (especially your nose, eyes, and mouth).
- Avoid crowds and social gatherings of 10 or more people.
- Follow all guidelines from health authorities.
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Make plans for what you can
It's normal to be worried about what would happen if your workplace shuts down, your children have to stay home from school, you or someone you love gets sick, or need to self-quarantine. Contemplating all these things can be terrifying, although being proactive can help ease at least some level of anxiety during this coronavirus pandemic.
- Jot down your specific worries about how coronavirus can interrupt your life. Take a break if the feeling turns out to be overwhelming.
- Create a list of all the likely solutions you can brainstorm. Try not to get too obsessed with "perfect" options. Incorporate whatever strikes your mind that could help you get by.
- Focus on definite things you can solve or change, rather than situations that are beyond your control.
- After you have estimated your options, devise a plan of action. When you are done, put it aside and oppose the urge to get back to it until you need it or your circumstances substantially change.
Stay connected to your friends and family
Research says that many people with COVID-19, specifically young and people with strong immune systems, don't experience any symptoms, but could still spread the virus unknowingly. This is the key reason why the only way to remain protected from the disease is to practice social distancing.
However, social distancing comes with its own risks. Human beings are social animals and are hardwired to build connections. Loneliness or isolation can trigger stress, anxiety, or depression, or even affect your physical health. So, it's advised to stay connected to your loved ones as much as possible and reach out to them when you require any kind of support.
- Stay in touch with your extended family and friends, no matter how far they are.
- While in-person meetings seem impossible, schedule video chats whenever possible, face-to-face meetings are curative for your mental health. And help minimize the risk of stress, anxiety, and depression during the coronavirus pandemic.
- Social media can be a potent tool - not only for connecting with family, friends, and acquaintances but also for establishing stronger connections with communities, countries, and the world.
- Don't let the coronavirus disease dominate your every conversation. It's significant to take breaks from stressful thoughts and divert your focus into other things that are going on in your lives, share laughs, stories, and memories you cherish.
Work on improving your mind and spirit
There are various stress-management strategies that actually yield good results, such as eating healthily, meditating, getting plenty of sleep, etc. Some other tips to consider are listed below:
- Be kind to yourself
- Make a healthy routine and stick to it
- Do the activities you enjoy the most
- Be physically active
- Get out in nature, if possible
- Opt for a relaxation technique such as yoga, meditation, or deep breathing exercises
- Avoid self-medication
Help others, and you'll feel better
In an unprecedented time like this, people can get caught up in their own fears and concerns. Instead of stressing unnecessarily, take a deep breath and remember you aren't alone in this struggle. We are all distanced from each other, so we can embrace each other later.
People who focus on other people in need and support their communities are known to be the happiest and the healthiest. Acting selfishly, especially during the time of crisis, will take you nowhere. Help others as it can make a difference to your entire community and even to the broader world at this time. Also, the sense of pleasure and satisfaction you will get from helping others would help relieve your own mental health and overall wellbeing. Following tips will help you ease your anxiety during coronavirus-19:
- Follow guidelines for minimizing the spread of the novel coronavirus
- Reach out to others in need
- Donate to food banks
- Be kind to others
- Be a calming influence
You may have several worries as the coronavirus pandemic and its repercussions persist; you need to be prepared with the best strategies to handle the known and the unknown threats, along with other scenarios we may confront until the situation gets better.