Coping with Pandemic Anxiety

Covid19 Anxiety

COVID-19, a pandemic that has created havoc in our lives. It has caused stress to not only those who have been infected with the virus but also to people who have neither been infected nor have interacted with anyone carrying the virus. 

How then have they been affected so deeply? 

A simple explanation is that a mentally stable mind has been interfered with. All around the world, anywhere you look, it exists. You switch on your TV and find COVID, you switch over to social media applications and it’s there, even in the neighbourhood you know of someone who has been fighting or maybe has lost the battle against COVID-19. Apart from other things, mental well-being is something that has been both impacted and neglected the most.

How do we take care of our mental health during the pandemic?

When will we get rid of this pandemic? When shall we expect our ‘normal’ lives to begin? What is it that is keeping the virus sustained? How long will it keep mutating? These are some of the many questions we might have every day and no answers to, what can be worse? There is a worse, not attending to the internal factors, the perception of the situation. All the above questions are externally motivating factors.

The response to it lies in our hands, though, doesn’t it? We need to acknowledge and accept that it is our mind and behavior that is in our control, not any external factor. During the day, we cannot decide whether we will have fewer cases or more but we can decide to reduce our screen time, maybe lesser news. Though it is good to keep updated with what is going on around us, however, if it starts affecting our mental health, it is high time we take charge.

Here are 5 ways we can work around pandemic anxiety and feel better during these trying times-

  1. Focus on physical exercise: Physical exercise helps us release endorphins, feel-good hormones.
  2. Balance your day out with a routine that must have a significant amount dedicated to ‘ME’ time.
  3. Practice gratitude: Trying times make us realize how grateful we should be and haven’t been to people around. Maybe to those food delivery executives who are risking their lives to help us enjoy our meal.
  4. We need to distance ourselves physically, not socially or emotionally. We can connect with friends and family over a video call if you can, if not communicate through calls but communicate. Social support is the biggest savior in times of distress.
  5. Take up a relaxation practice, like deep breathing or meditation, before you sleep and after you wake up. A night of good sleep is a must during such trying times.

If you think things are not working for you, do not hesitate to seek external expert support (Online Counseling). We all need help at times, those who realize it early on, sail through tough times in a better fashion than those who don’t or realize it much later.

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