You cannot avoid the constant news that we are all receiving regarding the coronavirus pandemic. The unprecedented and uncertain state of the world is enough to worry any of us. Still, it can cause significant difficulties specifically for those who live with anxiety on a day to day basis. With self-isolation being enforced by the government, it is crucial to look after yourself to maintain good mental wellbeing. This is just as important as maintaining good physical health.
For those that have anxiety disorders, many of the management strategies concerning COVID-19 might exacerbate symptoms. Our new way of life may give rise to specific new challenges and emotions of feeling trapped or isolated. Some, like those who suffer from OCD, may find the heightened focus on contamination and infection spread particularly distressing.
Stress levels are worsening as a result of covid; many of our community have a fear of the uncertainty and lack of control. There is also a lot of financial caused stress; many in the US are questioning, does health insurance cover therapy for mental health or do I have to pay? Be sure to reach out for help or guidance if you are struggling with just this issue or if you need that extra bit of support.
If you experience anxiety, plan for a new way of life. Have a few prepared activities and coping mechanisms already in your mind. Being equipped will help to protect against experiencing a dip in your mental wellbeing and will keep your spirits up.
Here are some suggestions to keep active and busy and fight off anxiety –
- Listen to podcasts
- Knitting and other crafts
- Movie nights
- Video games.
- A new hobby such as origami, macrame, embroidery or photography
- Online education such as skillshare or online seminars
- Skyping friends or phonecalls
- Practising mindfulness
- Cycling or walking
- DIY and decorating
Finally, remember that it is essential to try not to panic. Strategies such as cutting down on watching the news or uninstalling news apps during this time can be helpful. Remember to look at things factually, remember that we are all in this together, that you are not alone and the useful phrase ‘this too shall pass’.