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Coping with Coronavirus Anxiety

Published on Jun 16, 2021 and last reviewed on Dec 30, 2021   -  7 min read

Abstract

The COVID-19 pandemic significantly affects our day-to-day life, and changes in mental health are observed due to the new challenges affecting our social integrity, such as isolating ourselves and social distancing. Please read the article to overcome this stress and anxiety by learning to cope up with the current situation in a healthier way.

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Coping with Coronavirus Anxiety

Introduction:

COVID-19 outbreak has affected our normal life, and we are on the edge of our seats about what tomorrow may bring. Coming to know about the infectious virus and its precautions increase our anxiety levels, and it has now become a piece of nonstop news wherever we turn around.

Dealing with our own mental health is important as it helps our children to feel comfortable. Feeling worried about the current pandemic also affects the mental health of the whole family. Some of them can tolerate some degree of discomfort, and they will prepare themselves against the anxiety in a healthier way. But people with previous episodes of anxiety disorders are now in a great deal of trouble coping with the current situation.

It is normal for everyone to feel isolated and lonely following the COVID-19 public measures such as social distancing to reduce the spread of the disease. But we should start facing the current challenges, which can be stressful, enormous with strong emotions in both children and adults.

How Can We Prevent Anxiety With the COVID Information?

It is particularly important to be updated with the current information about what is happening in our society to prevent the spread of the infectious virus. So it is important to start following the COVID-19 safety guidelines. But along with the news, there is various misinformation that spreads and takes the lead over the people's ears. To avoid these sensational and misinformation coverages, follow only:

1) Trustworthy Sources:

We should trust and stick to reliable sources such as CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention), WHO (World Health Organization), and our local health authorities.

2) Do Not Often Check for Updates:

Do not constantly monitor COVID updates on social media. The information can quickly turn meaningless, which increases our anxiety levels. So limit the data according to your mindset as it differs from person to person.

3) If You Have Got Enormous Amounts of Information, Stay Away:

If you think you got enough information for the day and anxiety is your major current issue, then limit up with the COVID updates. Plan to get limited information from social media by organizing the time, for example, half an hour for a day. If you think you are piled up with lots of updates that induce your anxiety, then stay away.

4) Ask for Updates From Your Close Ones:

If you are suffering from major mental health, better avoid social media and ask your close ones for recent updates.

5) Always Share Proper Information:

Before sharing any information, verify for the best to avoid unwanted rumors as it can create panic among common people. So be careful before you share any related information.

How Can I Get Rid Of Anxiety?

We can get rid of anxiety by focussing on things that control the pandemic situation. It is a tough time for all to control things such as:

The answers are endlessly searched on social media and also thinking about what might happen next. But if we start focusing on these questions without known answers, we will feel stressed, drained, and anxious. It is natural to feel stressed during this pandemic, but stress can lead us with:

If you feel that you are caught up with the fear of what might happen next, focus on things that might control you over the situation. We cannot change the pandemic outbreak, and so we can follow the control measures to overcome this pandemic which will help us relieve our anxiety. The COVID-19 control measures are,

Be bold and do not get panic as it helps with good mental health, and it is normal to think about:

Find solutions if you feel more anxious and start with the following:

Does Staying Connected Relieve Coronavirus Anxiety?

The increasing anxiety is because of the spread of the virus from healthy individuals who can be unaware of the virus present in the body unless they acquire the symptoms after 14 days of contact. So to make a positive difference, we practice social distancing. But social distancing has its own risks because humans find it hard to isolate themselves and overcome loneliness. These risks result in great impacts on both mental and physical health. So for relieving anxiety during self-isolation, it is important to stay connected to reach support when needed.

What Are the Anxiety Managing Strategies?

Do not allow anxiety to ruin you with your present COVID situations. Apply anxiety management strategies such as:

1) Being Yourself:

Take things easier when you are experiencing depression than usual. Whatever happens, being yourself makes us overcome our mental illness and stay happier. All are facing the same struggles and try to lead a happy life at all times.

2) Having a Good Routine:

During this pandemic, follow the regular routine as it can maintain a sense of normalcy.

3) Enroll for Activities:

Enroll for activities which you like until it takes you out of your worries, such as:

4) Loving Nature:

Nature is where we fall in love. Always fresh air and sunshine will make us feel good. Taking a walk with this fresh air makes us feel better from anxiety. But follow COVID-19 safety guidelines and do not enter crowded areas.

5) Exercise:

Staying fit and active is what everyone needs, and it highly helps us to relieve anxiety levels. Now, the gyms are closed, so start cycling, walking, hiking, or doing exercises at home by looking at the videos online. Also, we can perform non-equipment workouts with yoga which is highly helpful in managing our stress levels.

6) Avoiding Self-Medication:

Do not consume alcohol or other substances to get relief from anxiety and depression.

7) Relaxation Techniques:

Increased stress levels will make us lose our balance, and so relaxation techniques will make us bring back our equilibrium. When relaxation techniques are followed on a daily basis, they will provide us with great benefits. The relaxation techniques are,

Conclusion:

COVID-19 pandemic has affected lots of lives and is known by everyone. As explained above, we should follow the COVID-19 safety protocols to beat this pandemic. Also, we should not allow this infectious disease to dominate our daily conversations. So it is important for everyone to stay united during this tough time by doing simple things which make us happy. Making ourselves happier is the best way to cope with anxiety, so enjoy each other's company, share your thoughts, laugh together and focus on the right things to have good mental health.

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