Coronavirus Anxiety

Tips to Help Manage Coronavirus Anxiety

It is not easy to stay calm when the news is full of bulletins about Coronavirus and it is sure to cause anxiety, so here’s a few bullet points to help you manage your stress:

  • Don’t keep the news on all day long – you want to keep up to date, but don’t keep checking and reading the latest updates as this can become compulsive

  • Try having a news detox or allocating yourself a time limit for reading or watching news; if you’re worried about missing something crucial, ask others to update you

  • Try not to seek constant reassurance as this only provides temporary relief as you become increasingly reliant on reassurance, reinforcing anxiety

  • Introduce a ban on Googling symptoms – Google, message-boards and forums are not, and never will be, a source of calm, especially when you are already anxious

  • Use a Cognitive Behavioural exercise by giving a persistent thought the courtroom treatment – confront it with a rational counterstatement; so if your persistent thought is something like “Everyone I love will die from this virus” you can counter it with a factual statement such as “Actually, most people who get Coronavirus will make a full recovery, and that’s assuming they will even catch it at all”

  • Do some exercise, even if it’s just star jumps or shaking your body parts; this will help get the adrenaline out of your system and channel the anxiety elsewhere

  • Breathing exercises – use a strong smell, such as lavender oil, to ground you and bring you back to reality

  • Grounding exercises – do something simple like bending over to touch your toes or sitting on the floor for a while instead of on the sofa – change your usual habits

  • Allocate yourself a daily ‘worry period’ – give yourself 5 minutes each morning to worry to your heart’s content – write it all down – then get on with your day

  • Treat yourself to something that will give you a boost without spending money – cook yourself something nice, have a hot bath or listen to a song you love

  • Remember that this isn’t permanent; yes, it is a worrying time, and some of us may have loved ones who are affected, but don’t jump to the worst-case scenario

  • Above all, be kind to yourself, you’re doing great…
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