Feeling anxious and nervous about everything that’s happening as a result of COVID-19 is perfectly normal. Our lives are being turned upside down. Many people are struggling to make ends meet after losing their jobs. Some necessities are scarce. Parents are homeschooling while trying to work from home. There’s no getting around it, these are stressful times.
So, what can you do if you’re feeling
overwhelmed by anxiety stemming from COVID-19? The first thing you should do is
breathe. Take a deep breath slowly through your nose over five seconds, hold it
for three seconds, then let it out through your mouth over five seconds. Repeat
this process five times. Do this whenever you feel the anxiety starting to
build. Here are some other things you can do reduce your anxiety:
Stay informed but limit
how often you check the news. When you want information, stick to
trustworthy sources like the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
and the World Health Organization (WHO). If you’re feeling overwhelmed,
step away from the media for a while.
Focus on what you can
While you can’t control how long the pandemic will last or how other people
will behave, you can control what you do and take steps to reduce the chances
of being infected yourself, including:
Washing your hands
frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
Avoiding touching your
eyes, nose, and mouth.
Staying home as much as
possible, even if you don’t feel sick.
Staying at least six
feet away from others when you do go out.
Getting plenty of
sleep, which helps support your immune system.
Maintain a routine. As much as possible,
try to stick to your schedule. Eat at the same times. Go to sleep at the same
time. Wake up at the same time. If you’re working from home, keep your normal
work schedule and be sure to schedule breaks.
Get outside. Fresh air and sunshine
will do you good. Going for a walk or run will make you feel better, just make
sure to avoid crowded areas.
Practice self-compassion. Don’t be too hard on
yourself for feeling anxiety and fear. It doesn’t feel good, but it does show
that you’re fully human.
Don’t skip self-care. Eat a balanced diet.
Get plenty of sleep. Take a shower every day. Put time aside to enjoy leisurely
activities. All of these things will help keep your immune system strong, which
gives you more protection from COVID-19.
yoga, or mindfulness.
Feeling stressed now is completely normal, but there are ways to relax when
you’re feeling overwhelmed. Deep breathing, meditation, and yoga can all help
bring more calm into your life.
Help others. Doing kind and helpful
things for others who may be worse off than you can help you regain a sense of
control over your life. It also makes you feel better, which will help reduce
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What Can I Do If My Anxiety Becomes Too Much to Bear?
If your mental health continues to worsen and
you’re still feeling overwhelmed by anxiety or depression, make sure to reach
out to a licensed mental health professional. Many of these specialists,
including many at Baptist Health, are offering face-to-face online counseling,
so you don’t have to worry about leaving your house for treatment.
For more information about things you can do to
help deal with your anxiety or stress, visit Baptist