The Corona Virus pandemic has hit the world hard, with economies crashing and many losing their lives.
For many around the world, this is their first-ever pandemic to hit them and as such, it could be hard to deal with it.
Many have resorted to panicking to cope with the pandemic. A lot of panic buying continues to be witnessed in many parts of the world.
Anxiety during this period manifests itself in a variety of ways including difficulty sleeping, trouble concentrating, social withdrawal, feelings of helplessness, anger, anxiety, worry and panic.
If you are experiencing any of these, worry not for there are ways to better manage your anxiety that will leave you feeling hopeful and at peace.
Stay updated with the facts
It’s important to stay up-to-date with the latest news from trusted sources regarding COVID-19. Be careful about what you read on the internet, especially comments and articles that are being shared via social media.
Turn off the News
Although you’ll want to stay informed about COVID-19, it’s important to focus on what you can control. Take a break from media coverage or social media if you find yourself panicking about the news or an article you just read online.
If talking endlessly about coronavirus is upsetting to you, change the topic of conversation when you can. Focus your attention on something else, start binge-watching a series. It will take your mind off the negative news.
Take Care of Yourself
Not everyone you come in contact with has been exposed to COVID-19 but better safe than sorry. Although caution and preventative measures are extremely important right now, not everyone who coughs has the virus. Being self-aware is a big component of easing public anxiety. Focus on what you can do. Put on your mask and keep a safe distance while maintaining hygiene.
Establish a routine
It can be hard with trips and events being cancelled, schools being closed and the concept of “social distancing” always at the top of your mind. But it’s important to try to maintain some sort of schedule. Routine makes most people, especially children, feel safe.
Try to keep your normal sleep and meal times and focus on activities that make you feel happy – like reading a book, watching your favourite show or playing a board game with your family. Or take a walk, as long as you’re not in quarantine, a little fresh air is always a good idea!