Coping with Coronavirus Anxiety: 4 Practical Tips
So many of us are struggling to keep our mental health in check right now. And that’s OK—it’s normal to feel a little anxious about COVID-19. Just try not to let the worries consume your thoughts. Remember: No matter how much your world changes, you are not powerless.
Here are four tips to help you get through this stressful situation.
1. Follow CDC Guidelines
If you’re nervous about contracting the new virus, put your mind at ease by following all the prevention tips from the CDC. For a refresher, visit www.cdc.gov.
2. Create Distractions
Most of us are spending more time at home, which means more time to fixate on anxiety-fueled thoughts. Instead of getting caught up in a cycle of stress, find ways to distract yourself. Some ideas include:
- Reading new books (if your local library is closed, look for free e-books online)
- Listening to podcasts
- Meal planning each week
- Organizing your home (closets, cabinets, basement, etc.)
- Playing board games and tackling puzzles
- Binging TV shows or movies
- Hosting virtual get togethers for friends or family
- Experimenting with new recipes
3. Go Back to Basics
Mental health is rightfully getting a lot of attention these days. But don’t forget about protecting your physical health, too. Use your extra free time to focus on:
- Consistently following a healthy diet
- Getting plenty of sleep
- Exercising regularly (there are countless free online workout videos that you can do at home!)
4. Ask for Help
Don’t suffer in silence—if stress is disrupting your life, reach out for help. That might mean calling a family member for emotional support or contacting your health care provider. Another useful resource is the Disaster Distress Hotline, a 24/7 service that provides crisis counseling. Call 800-985-5990 or text TalkWithUs to 66746 to connect with a trained counselor.
Deep Breath In … Deep Breath Out
For even more stress-busting tips, turn to our very own Dr. Charles Herrick. Here, he answers common questions and recommends how to manage stress during these trying times.