As the number of coronavirus cases in the US continues to climb, there’s no doubt many of us are starting to feel a little anxious about what the future holds. And that’s a natural reaction when we are faced with “the unknown”. But now, more than ever, it’s important that we learn to manage your anxiety, particularly when we’re all feeling so isolated. There are a few things you should take into consideration.
Know What’s Going On
It’s imperative that you keep informed, properly. The best way to do that is to visit the Government’s website Coronavirus.gov. Here you’ll find the most up to date information, including statistics, isolation recommendations and closures, as well as information on financial and other support on offer.
It’s easy to feel stressed and anxious in times like this, but its also important that you take the time to stop and think. Why are you feeling anxious? Are you concerned that something MIGHT happen, and it MIGHT be really bad? You should remind yourself that in most cases, symptoms are mild – and on the grand scheme of things, only a small percentage of the population will contract the disease. That’s not to say you’re safe, but if you take every precaution, you have a better chance of getting through the pandemic unscathed.
As mentioned, if you take precautions, you have a better chance of staying well. To start with, stay home. Don’t go out unless it’s absolutely necessary. If you need to do food shopping, that’s fine. Need to get some fresh air and go for a walk? Great, do that, but stay away from other people.
- Wash your hands frequently.
- Don’t touch your face.
- Stay at home completely if you feel unwell.
- Seek medical attention if you have a fever, cough or breathing difficulties.
One of the worst things about being in isolation is the impact it can have on your mental wellbeing. It’s essential that you maintain contact with your family and friends during this time. Facetime them, WhatsApp anyone who is overseas. Send letters in the mail! Whatever you need to do to keep in touch, do it. Be there for each other. You should also make time for things you enjoy doing, even if you have to improvise. Do you love heading to the gym? Turn your yard into a workout station instead. Exercise will also help keep your mind clearer – and will help you to cope with stress a lot better. Get quality sleep and eat well. You might even try meditation to calm yourself.
It’s easy to get caught up in all the media hype about coronavirus, and it seems everyone has an opinion on social media. Just make sure you check the facts, avoid the scaremongering, and try to keep your life as normal as possible (with adequate changes in place), and we guarantee you’ll feel a lot better.
If you do need to talk to someone, keep in mind we’re here to help you get through this. Get in touch.