Fears about Coronavirus can take an emotional toll, particularly if you’re now living with an anxiety problem. But you are not helpless. These tips can help you to overcome this stressful time.
Understanding your Concern
It’s a scary time. We’re in the middle of a global pandemic, with all countries nearly shutting down. For many of us, the uncertainty surrounding this pandemic is the most difficult situation to handle. We don’t aware of the exact brutality of the COVID-19. And that makes it all create dread and panic conditions.
But there are lots of things we can do to face this unique crisis and manage our anxiety and fears. such as washing our hands frequently, avoiding touching our face, staying home as much as possible, avoiding crowds and gatherings, keeping 6 feet of distance between everyone, getting enough sleep that boosts our immune system, and following all guidelines from health authorities.
Staying Connected During COVID-19 Isolation
We’re in a period of immense upheaval. There are several things outside of our control like how many days the pandemic lasts, how others will behave with us, and what will happen in our communities. That’s a real challenge to accept, and many of us respond by continuing browsing the Internet for answers and learning all the different scenarios that might take place. But instead of focusing on circumstances that are outside of our personal control, we should focus on the ways to control our anxiety, depression, and fear.
Many shreds of evidence reveal that people suffering coronavirus— especially young, apparently healthy people—don’t show symptoms but yet spread the virus in the community. That’s why the most important thing we can do is practicing social distancing that can make a positive difference.
However, social distancing has its own risks as we consider humans as social animals. Isolation and loneliness can worsen anxiety and depression, and also put a severe impact on our physical health. That’s why the importance of staying connected cannot be overlooked.
Get Involved With Your Pet
Do not forget that if you are constantly worrying and depressed, your pet will be able to pick up on your energy and start feeling similar to how you feel. Many animal experts believe that just like humans, pets also experience depression when they are; deprived of love and attention or if the pet owner is depressed.
During these times try to make your bond stronger with your pet. Get involved with your pet as much as you can, engage in fun games, and practice training. Play indoor games like; treat hunt, hide and seek, tug-of-war, indoor fetch, and so on.
Video Call Family Members and Friends
While in-home visits are restricted, we can do video chats. Face-to-face communication is a “vitamin” booster for our mental health that reduces the risk of depression and helps ease strain and fear. Prioritize to stay in touch with all family members and friends. If we are likely to withdraw when depressed or anxious, scheduling regular phone calls, chat, or Skype will help in overcoming that tendency.
Stay Connected on Social Media
Social media is a powerful tool to connect with friends, family, and acquaintances. It will make us feel connected in a good sense to our society, country, and the world. It helps us to know we are not alone.
Remember, be mindful of how social media activities can make you feel the whole day. Don’t hesitate to block sites or people who are raising our anxiety level. And log off if any of the activity making you feel worse.
Don’t let COVID-19 rule every discussion.
It’s essential to take breaks from worrying thoughts about the deadly disease and simply enjoy the laugh, stories, and other creative things shared in the community. We have to focus on other beautiful and impressive things going on in our lives.