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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
You may be overestimating how well you will be affected. Be mindful that you are more resilient than you think.
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.
Exercise in your home, take your pets for walks, engage in old and new hobbies, learn to meditate.
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.