Amid a global pandemic, the thought of being in an area with a dense population that already has cases of COVID-19 can take a toll on your emotional health. This is especially true for people who are already suffering from anxiety.
However, you are not alone in this and you aren’t as powerless as you think. With the right mindset and by following these tips, you can keep your fears in check.
Anxiety – Understanding Your Fears
The looming sense of dread when asking the question, “What comes next?” is present in all of us. With cities and, in some extreme cases, entire countries shutting down and closing their borders, you can’t help but feel helpless. It’s frightening sitting in your own home bracing for whatever happens next.
Handling the fear of the unknown is the most challenging thing to handle for most people. We don’t know the potential severity of the problem, and it’s easy to think of the worst possible outcome – spiraling into a sense of panic. But, when faced with adversity, there is something that you can do – manage your anxiety and fear.
Focusing On What You Can Control
There’s nothing much we can do aside to stay at home to control the spread of the virus. However, there are some things you CAN have, and that is the safety of your family. Instead of stressing about the numbers increasing, focus on things you can do to stop you and your family from being infected.
- Social distancing
- Frequently washing your hands for over 20 seconds or using 70% solution alcohol
- Staying at home even when you’re not sick
- Avoiding gatherings
- Sanitizing your groceries (Cans, boxes, bottles, etc.)
Informed But Not Obsessed
You need to stay informed, especially if you’re part of a smaller community. You can monitor the number of cases in your area and what you can do to help. Sometimes you can even find community-specific advice and safety precautions.
Make sure not to obsess over the news though, this will only feed your anxiety. There’s a lot of misinformation so you might panic because a “news site” says that there’s already a case in your town when in reality, there isn’t.
- Use credible websites; sources such as the World Health Organization live updates
- Step away if you feel overwhelmed
- Limit how many times you check every day
- Always fact check, think before you click the share button!
Be Productive – Take Care of Your Body
Being productive in such a stressful time can prove to be very difficult in times like this. Quarantined and only going outside when buying essentials and when necessary can leave you feeling down. Instead of stressing out and laying in bed until COVID-19 goes away, be productive.
Being productive doesn’t mean doing something big. Sometimes doing something as simple as exercising or cleaning can be reasonably productive. Calling your loved ones, friends, and connecting with them is also productive. It could lead to you feeling a lot better during the pandemic.
Help People in Need
May it be through donating canned goods, clothing, alcohol, personal protective equipment (PPE), or donating money online for companies helping out in the battle against COVID-19. Helping people in need will make the battle against COVID-19 smoother and can even save the lives of medical professionals or homeless people.
You not only help the cause – but you also aid in fighting the virus and make yourself feel better in the process. We’re in this fight together, strengthen your mind, and be safe in these dangerous times.