We are at an unprecedented time, where no one truly knows what to do. No doubt you’ve seen the news blow up the coronavirus to ridiculous levels where it’s almost impossible not to think about it.
Of course with this, everyone starts to panic buy groceries, cleaning products and practically anything people can get their hands on. You find yourself out of the loop and are limited to what you can purchase for yourself and your family. All this stuff stacked on top of each other is enough to make anyone anxious, and that’s okay.
These are very stressful times, and uncertainty can fuel anxiety. You are not alone, many people are in the same boat as you and knowing what is certain can really help with reassurance. There are many ways of dealing with coronavirus anxiety, such as finding things in your life that you know are certain. Here are some suggestions:
- “I am certain that I love my family and will do whatever it takes to protect them”
- “I am certain that I am still here today, the wind is blowing and the sun is shining”
- “I am certain that I am following proper health procedures and doing everything in my power to stay safe”
Reassurance can bring relief and help with anxiety, although it’s always easier said than done. Something else that can help is knowing you’re not alone. If you are near family, talk with them. Even a video call can be a great help to help curb anxiety. If contacting family isn’t an option for you, then I’d highly recommend going to your local doctor.
Not all anxiety symptoms are just nerves. If you have been diagnosed with depression symptoms, then you should speak with a doctor. They would be able to offer guidance and assistance on most symptoms, such as chronic fatigue syndrome treatment.
If you are a person with fibromyalgia, there are many treatments available to help with your symptoms. Most doctors are still available during this time for support and guidance with whatever hardships you may be experiencing.
If you’re interested in other alternatives, an integrative medicine doctor can demonstrate the benefits of addressing your physical, psychological, social and spiritual wellbeing qualities. It’s a sort of medical practice that reaffirms the importance of the relationship between practitioner and patient, and focuses on the whole person. This kind of treatment and attention can really help dealing with coronavirus anxiety, and if other methods haven’t helped, definitely consider this.
With the free time available, you could take the opportunity to take up a new hobby you didn’t previously have time for, or take up some new exercise, even finish those household diy projects that you’ve been laying off.
Eating the right foods, keeping yourself occupied and seeking reassurance in your life can greatly help manage coronavirus anxiety. It is uncertain when life will return to normal, but believe that you can make it through this. It won’t be forever, and there will be a future beyond the coronavirus. Find people who can help you during these times, and don’t give up.