11 ways to cope with corona-virus anxiety

With the global proliferation of the corona-virus it is no wonder worry and panic is on the rise. There is anxiety over the unknown, the health of loved ones, job security, the economy and more. We are constantly being told of the numbers infected and how best to protect ourselves. We are bombarded by news broadcasts from all media but how can you make sure that while keeping safe you don’t let fear take over your life?

Here are 11 ways that may help be helpful to you according to psychologist. 

  • Know that feeling anxious about the virus is OK and normal.
  • Connect with friends and loved ones through video chats, phone calls, texting, and email. It really helps to feel the strength of your connections to your friends and loved ones, even though you may not be with them in person. Social isolation can fuel depression so in these times check in with people, stay socially connected to them.
  • Limit your media exposure especially if you struggled with anxiety before the pandemic. Because panic arises when people over-estimate a threat and underestimate their coping abilities.  
  • Stick with sources of credible medical information, so you can avoid misinformation about the virus and the illness it causes.
  • Protect yourself and your family as best you can. This includes excellent hygiene and social distancing.
  • Do your part in protecting your community, by either helping the more vulnerable neighbours with groceries or staying home.
  • Try to focus on what you are grateful for rather than wishing things would change or go away. In other words don’t wallow in worries.
  • Seek out virtual help from mental-health professionals or download de-stressing apps. There are guided quite a few mediation apps available such as Calm and Headspace.
  • Just breathe. The 4-7-8 method is recommended as it can reinstill a sense of calm when you feel out of control. The method involves breathing in for four seconds, holding for seven, and exhaling for eight.
  • Maintain a daily routine. This helps to bring as much normalcy as possible. Especially those who are quarantined or working remotely. Try maintain the same sleep and eating schedule as pre-COVID19.
  • Eat healthy and exercise when possible. Good nutrition and sufficient movement are good for both body and mind. A healthy and nutritious diet helps your immune system function properly. Get at least 30 minutes of physical activity a day. Walk, run or bike while adhering to local guidelines and practicing social distancing. For those working from home get up and take short breaks every 30 minutes