Anxiety Counseling: Ways to Cope With Coronavirus Anxiety
During the COVID-19 pandemic you may feel unsafe, have trouble sleeping and experience distressing emotions. It is normal to feel some anxiety when a global infectious disease impacts every area of your life. Here are some ways to cope when the anxiety has a negative effect on your life during these uncertain times.
1- Find Something Else to Talk About
This is a good time to lean on your social network. Just make sure that you are talking about other things so you don’t exchange and amplify worries.
2- Set Media Limits
To protect yourself from information overload, set yourself a limit e.g. 10 minutes online every two hours and don’t take your smartphone to bed with you.
3- Protect Yourself
Action is an antidote to anxiety. Wash your hands, clean surfaces, stay home if necessary. Do what you can to protect yourself and your loved ones.
4- Make a List of Things to Do at Home
Engage in activities like reading, organizing, finishing a project or picking up a new hobby. Anything that is meaningful to you will improve your mood and motivation.
5- Don’t Underestimate Yourself
You may be overestimating how well you will be affected. Be mindful that you are more resilient than you think.
6- Don’t Fight It
Allow your fears to wash over you and accept your anxiety as part of the human experience. You are not alone. Resist the urge to escape.
7- Practice Self-Care
Exercise in your home, take your pets for walks, engage in old and new hobbies, learn to meditate.
8- Seek Professional Help
You may experience anxiety symptoms that interfere with work, maintaining close relationships, socializing or taking care of yourself and others. A licensed mental health professional can help you manage your fears and help you with coping strategies.
Getting proactive about your psychological well-being can help you maintain your mental health during these times of uncertainty.
Do you need anxiety counseling? Call (510) 497-4174 today.