and spread of COVID-19 have shaken the world to its core. Everyone is in fear
as the situation has started to take an emotional toll. You must be feeling
stressed, powerless and anxious as well. You need a break from all that
worrying. You need to detach yourself from all that is bothering you.
Experts at the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have
recommended staying indoors,
maintain social distancing and self-quarantine to prevent the spread. All of
which is easier said than done, and has caused massive internal chaos in our
However, if you hold on and read to the end of the article, we have some excellent anxiety tips and recommendations for you to follow.
that this has become the new norm. It is not just you, but many people, all
around the globe, feel exactly as you do. It is a pandemic, and it is worrisome
for everyone. However, it is a universal feeling recognised and felt by
This is a
temporary change to life, and sooner or later things will go back to how they
used to be, how you want them to be. Just know that your life only has a few
new rules that you need to follow. It’s
going to be okay.
distancing is hard, but it is even more critical for us in the given time.
out, and understand that this is a vital corona
anxiety tip that we are giving out.
checking CDC again and again, stop checking the curve, even stop using Facebook and Twitter for the time being. We
would suggest that you only check the news once every day. When things have to
get better, they will. If you stay on your toes, you will not be able to reduce anxiety. Coronavirus will leave
when it has to, keeping a check over and over again won’t make it vanish
understand that you feel the urge to check on the updates, but it is only going
to mess with your head. Moreover, even social media can be helpful at times
with memes, vines and cat videos. Still, nowadays it’s filled with extreme
views, exaggerated stories as well as conspiracy theories and myths.
YOU CAN NOT
grateful for the things you have, and don’t be ungrateful for the things you
lost. Many of you had to postpone important events of your life such as
weddings, graduation and even the kids are home from school. But it’s not the
end of the world.
Pick up a
journal and write down what you are thankful for today. Did you have a good
meal? A good laugh? Did you spend some time with a loved one? All of these
matters. You should do this each time you are hitting a low point, and it will
surely help you come out of that anxious zone.
narrow it down to the negatives, spread positivity, and the world needs it now
more than ever.
STRENGTHENYOUR IMMUNE SYSTEM
the virus, you need a robust immune system. However, with stress and anxiety,
you can weaken it. Right now, you need some excellent nutritional food and some
exercise for both your mind and body to keep your fit and ready to battle
against the virus.
down on that alcohol, throw away the cigarettes and stop stress eating those
cupcakes, you don’t need that much sugar.
if you can’t go outside. Dance to your
favourite songs, tag your family along, call a friend up and dance together on
zoom or Skype. There are so many fun options — and it’s finally time you start taking care
of your body.
loved ones may be physically away from you, but they are close to your heart.
Get in touch with your lovely aunt or distance cousins or your amazing
grandparents. You need them, and they need you. It’s finally the time to catch
up on everything. Resolve some past problems if you have to.
your feelings and showing that you care can help you connect with those who
have been far for a long time.
MEDITATE / PRAYER
your mind from all the fuss and worries, even if it is for two minutes. Stop
and do nothing and think about nothing. If you don’t know how to meditate, you
can easily self-medicate with apps like Calm or Headspace.
BUILD A ROUTINE
job, going to school, life was more relaxed because you had a routine. You can
have one now too if you are studying and from home, wake up early, take a
shower, have an excellent breakfast and get to your day. A routine may help you
stay a little more productive and a little less anxious.
TAKE A VIRTUAL
go out doesn’t mean you can’t see the outside world. You can visit museums, go
to the park, enjoy nature, all from the safety of your home.
animal or nature documentary from Nat
Geo or Animal
Planet to make you feel more connected to the
outside world that isn’t being influenced by the virus.
at Google Arts & Culture you can find an extensive collection of fantastic art galleries that
you can not get enough of.
READ A BOOK
this world and dive into the world of fiction. It is time to read that book
that you have always wanted to.read. So, get your hands on all those books that
have been waiting for you. If you don’t have any, you can download some great
ones for from a plethora of platforms. And if reading is too stressful, you can
always try audiobooks or even a fun podcast.
UNWIND, RELAX AND TAKE A NAP OR TWO
sleep when your.mind is overly active. Just stop and take a nap. Or you can
give yourself a nice self-care routine, put a facemask on, colour your hair,
take a long shower, give your legs, feet or hands a massage. Do whatever that
gives you the.peace of mind.
Understand that you are not in this alone, after a long time, on the face of humanity, every single human stands together. So, it is better that you pat yourself on the back for making it this far, there’s still a long way to go, but it will be over. You need to reduce anxiety, and coronavirus is not here to stay. Follow the coronavirus anxiety tips, as mentioned above, and you will find yourself in a better place.
Dr. Gregory Jantz
Pioneering Whole Person Care over thirty years ago, Dr. Gregory Jantz is an innovator in the treatment of mental health. He is a best-selling author of over 45 books, and a go-to media authority on behavioral health afflictions, appearing on CBS, ABC, NBC, Fox, and CNN. Dr. Jantz leads a team of world-class, licensed, and...