It’s scary time right now so it is no surprise that you may be feeling more anxious than usual. For many, the uncertainty surrounding COVID-19 is a major trigger of anxiety and stress. Taking steps to care for yourself and your mental well-being is especially important. Here are some things you can do to manage your anxiety:
Limit your Media and News Consumption
It can be hard to put down your phone and step away from the news. After all, this is a constantly changing situation and you want to know the latest details. However, the more you think about it, the more your mind perceives the news as a threat. Therefore, limit the amount of media you consume and ensure that you are only receiving information from reputable news outlet to manage your anxiety.
Forgive Yourself and Practice Gratitude
Practice self-care during this time and be understanding of the anxiety and stress that you are feeling. Don’t be so hard on yourself if you are not as productive as normal, and give yourself some credit for doing what you can to cope during these difficult times. Rather than worrying about what you cannot control, focus on what you are grateful for, such as your friends and family. An easy way to do this is by writing daily gratitude lists. By focusing on what you value, you are building your mental resiliency.
Ask for Help
Don’t be afraid to reach out for professional help. Many therapists are shifting their practices online, so you can connect with them through virtual therapy session. Having a candid conversation about what is worrying you can be liberating, and you can receive personalized tips on how to manage the stress.
Stay Healthy and Active
It can be easy to fall into a sedentary lifestyle when we are asked to social distance and stay at home. Recognizing the connection between physical health and mental health, the World Health Organization has recommended that we all eat a healthy and nutritious diet, while getting at least 30 minutes of physical activity every day. With gyms and local parks shut down, you’ll have to get creative with your workouts. There are many fun home workout routines online, as well as guided meditation and relaxing yoga videos.
Spend time with loved ones
Social isolation can negatively impact your mental health. Just because you can’t physically spend time with your loved ones does not meant you can’t stay socially connected to them. In the age of technology, it is easy to set up regular video chats with friends and family. Quality time does wonders for your mental health, reducing stress and reminding you that you are supported and loved.
Know that feeling anxious during these times is common and normal – anxiety is a natural response to the unknown. However, you do not have to feel this way all the time. Adopting the habits above can help manage your anxiety and fear, improving your well-being during these challenging times.