We are all fighting the spread of COVID-19 and experiencing varying levels of anxiety. The disruptions caused by COVID-19 take a toll on lives, health, and well-being.
Are you feeling the world is unfriendly or against you because you have lost a loved one? Have you an aged family at risk of contracting COVID-19?
Is reduced contact with the outside world or the enforced quarantine making you feel lonely or isolated?
Is your anxiety level higher because you are overly concerned about the loss of income resulting from the lock down?
While anxiety is a normal and expected reaction to the pandemic, excess anxiety cause impairments. If you already suffer from anxiety the condition can be heightened. Fearfulness, uncertainties, safety concerns each play a crucial role in disquiet.
You must cast aside those who try to manage your emotions by advising you to stay calm, not to panic, or be unsettled. Just know that it is okay to feel troubled or to be afraid. And you do have a right to be anxious in times like these.
Managing Your life During this difficult time:
- Try to remain proactive, flexible because being adaptable matters. You will get better at coping with the lack of normalcy, and in the end, you will master living with COVID-19.
- Even though the external environment is unstable right now you still have choice and the ability to make choices.
- Keep your self-esteem buoyed up. Laugh at yourself laugh out loud each day because laughter is good medicine.
- Feel good about yourself and about being alive.
- Hold on to the people in your life because social- support can help you thrive and succeed
- Your spirituality helps as you cultivate the right mental state to manage the daily challenges.
- Avoid starting your day looking at or checking in on the latest catastrophes or daunting world news. You are in control to remove from your space media reports about what is going on with the pandemic.
- Meditation practices improve the ability to regulate emotions and ease anxiety. Commit to a routine for meditative sessions.
- Maintain a consistent sleep schedule. Sleep can be difficult when anxiety exists. Restless and insufficient sleep leads to low-grade inflammation and immunodeficiencies. Mental functions, cognition, memory, and mood regulation all benefit from a deep sleep. The body needs good sleeping hygiene, take steps to improve your sleep.
- Exercising daily is beneficial. walk, run, or bike to maintain fitness. Moving more helps to pump up the feel-good endorphins. Exercise also facilitates sleep and relieves associated anxiety.
- Eat healthfully, stay hydrated there are strong links between what you eat and how you feel. Diet and nutrition impact mental health poor nutrition has a negative effect.
- Reach out, show love, and caring. Connect by video calls with friends and family. Use either Skype WhatsApp Duo, Zoom, or FaceTime. Phone calls or texting are a great way to connect with those who are alone and quarantined. Schedule the meeting times. Staying connected can lift the moods.
- Take advantage of relaxing activities that require minimal energy expenditures. Good choices are listening to music or reading.
- Take breaks from tasks, to engage in things you enjoy or find pleasurable. Be kind to yourself because you are doing the best you can.
- Courteously stop taking unsolicited advice from family and friends. Dismiss all negativity to reduce your anxiety. Respectfully listen to your doctor or therapist. Do understand it is okay if you need help to reach out.
Your reactions to the uncertainties are valid. Take care of yourself. Manage your mental health and physical wellbeing. The COVID-19 and its illness are a serious condition. Take positive and protective actions to reduce your risks of getting sick or spreading the illness on to others. Your goal is tothrive despite the pandemic.