7 Ways to Cope with Anxiety During Covid-19
Struggling with anxiety during this time of uncertainty? You are not alone!
We are living through a frightening time where physical distancing, social distancing and mandatory masks have become a part of our daily lives. We step out of the house in fear and our nerves are tight because we do not know what to expect.
Anxiety is a normal reaction to uncertainty and things that may harm us. For many of us, the coronavirus and the COVID-19 illness make for a very uncertain future. People worry about their own health and the health of their loved ones, both here and abroad. People may also have a lot of concerns around school or work, their finances, their ability to take part in important community and social events and hobbies, and other important parts of their lives. People who already experience a lot of anxiety may find their anxiety worsening.
We are in a massive upheaval and so we have compiled 7 ways how you can cope with anxiety during covid-19 and avoid letting the stress of the pandemic take over your lives.
- Stick to trustworthy sources such as the CDC or WHO (World Health Organization) for daily updates on the coronavirus. You want to make sure you are relying on trustworthy sites for your updates and avoiding all the misinformation going around.
- Try to limit how much you are researching about the pandemic. Over reading and researching about the virus will drive you insane! Constant monitoring and an overload of media consumption will continue to fuel your anxiety instead of calming you down.
- Continue your normal routine and prioritize getting a good night’s sleep. Having a normal routine and setting regular sleep and wake times will encourage your body and mind to calm down.
- Pick up a calming technique such as meditation or yoga! There are numerous FREE apps or channels on YouTube where you can follow a routine that works best for you.
- Stay active! Physical activity is proven to reduce stress and anxiety and helps improve your mood and overall health. Start with taking a morning walk or lightweight at home workouts.
- Limit your caffeine intake, too much caffeine intake can increase anxiety!
- Try to focus on the positive! Now you have time to focus on all the items on your “to-do” list that maybe you’ve had to hold off on due to your busy schedule. Use this time to focus on the good and reflect on all the time you get to spend on doing the things you love and didn’t have time for before the pandemic!
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