The novel coronavirus, also known as COVID-19, has changed the way that we interact with co-workers, friends, and family, as well as impacting how we take care of ourselves. The fear from the constant stream of information from news sources, social media, and others, and the need for social distancing to isolate ourselves from others can be emotionally and mentally taxing. COVID-19 anxiety is a real thing, and it is really impacting people. People with existing anxiety disorders may be experiencing new stress from this pandemic, and those without diagnosed anxiety disorders or other mental health conditions, may now be experiencing symptoms of anxiety that may require self-management, or even professional help.
Tips for Managing Anxiety During the COVID-19 Pandemic
While it is always good to speak with a professional about mental health conditions, the Granato Group can offer some tips and suggestions for helping to manage stress and anxiety during the coronavirus outbreak.
- Self-Care Activities – Taking care of yourself is important, and this means practicing self-care. With social distancing, this can seem difficult, but there are ways to effectively practice self-care and social distancing at the same time. These may include: going for a walk, taking a bike ride, journaling, spending time in nature, exercising, improving diet, reading, running, and more.
- Manage Anxiety – While it may seem helpful to be up to date on the news and to understand what is happening in the world, too much information may make you feel anxious. So take a break from the 24/7 news cycle and unwind a bit! Hop off of social media, and pick up a book, or call or video chat with a friend or relative you haven’t spoken with in a while – they’ll be happy to hear from you!
- Getting Rest and Sleep – Sleep is not only important for physical well-being, but also for mental health. You should make an effort to get plenty of sleep. This can keep your immune system in top shape while also helping to keep stress and anxiety at bay.
Maintaining your health during the coronavirus pandemic is not only related to your physical wellbeing, but your mental health as well. If you have any concerns about feeling anxious, or your fear and anxiety are getting out of control, our experienced and understanding team is here for you.