Tips for coping with COVID-19 anxiety
If you’re feeling stressed out about COVID-19, you’re not alone. It’s perfectly normal to feel anxiety during times of uncertainty. Especially when you feel a lack of control over your health and well-being. That’s why I’ve put together a list of stress-busting tips to help you both accept and manage your anxiety.
Limit COVID-19 news
Each day, we’re bombarded with news and misinformation about COVID-19. My recommendation is to choose one news source you trust and check it twice a day to stay up-to-date. Also, take news alerts off of your phone. Limiting your exposure can help you from feeling overwhelmed.
Acknowledge and address irrational thoughts
During stressful times, it’s easy for our minds to get caught up in worst-case scenarios. I suggest using counterstatements to address irrational thoughts. For example, if you’re thinking, “If I contract COVID-19, I’ll surely die,” use a counterstatement based on fact to diffuse your negative thought. For example, “The CDC reports that 80 percent of those with COVID-19 only experience mild to moderate symptoms.”
Structure your day
If you’re working from home, stick to your daily routine. Get up at the same time, get dressed, eat breakfast, stick to your regular work hours, etc. Routines give us control during uncertain times.
Take time to exercise
Exercise, especially aerobic exercise, is a proven stress buster. Here’s how it works. When you exercise, your brain releases endorphins. These feel-good neurotransmitters can ease your stress levels and boost your mood by relieving depression, tension and anxiety. Exercise also helps improve your quality of sleep.
Stay in touch with friends and families
The implementation of social distancing can make us feel isolated. Now, more than ever, it’s essential to reach out to family and friends. Telephone, skype or use social media to stay in touch with those you love. Just talking with others helps ease feelings of loneliness and anxiety.
Remember, you’re not powerless
Simply following CDC guidelines –social distancing, proper handwashing, covering your cough, disinfecting frequently touched surfaces – allows you to take control of your health. Together, we’ll get through this.
This information is not intended as a substitute for professional medical care. Always follow your healthcare professional's instructions.
Provided by: Patricia Freidel, D.O., Internal Medicine
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