Anxiety around the COVID-19 is normal. These fears can take a toll on your mental health. We want to share some helpful information and resources to help you manage your fears and anxiety and get through this stressful time.
Take some time to check in with yourself. Ignoring our thoughts and feelings about the coronavirus, can lead to an increase in stress and anxiety. While we often try to ignore negative feelings and thoughts, we actually need to take time to pause and engage them in order to process our anxiety in a healthy, caring way.
Common emotions you might experience include frustration, irritability, worry, social withdrawal, and sadness.
Anxiety about the coronavirus can affect our bodies and show up as fatigue, restlessness, headaches, stomach aches, muscle tension, trouble sleeping, shortness of breath, heart racing, chest pain, sweating, and shaking/trembling.
There are many simple and effective ways to manage your fears and anxieties. Many of them are essential ingredients for a healthy lifestyle; adopting them can help improve your overall emotional and physical well-being.
Self-care is any activity you do to deliberately care for your mental, emotional, and physical health. Self-care allows us to build healthy lives, increases our resilience when we experience challenges, decreases our anxiety and depression, and helps improve our overall well-being.
Meditation is a self-care practice where an individual uses a technique – such as mindfulness or focusing the mind on a particular object, thought, or activity – to train attention and awareness, and achieve a mentally clear and emotionally calm and stable state. Mindful and meditative practices increase resilience and ability to tolerate changing times, decrease anxiety and depression, increase compassion for others, and love for self.
Be Mindful of Your Assumptions About Others
Someone who has a cough or a fever does not necessarily have coronavirus. Self-awareness is important in not stigmatizing others in our community.