It would be an understatement to say the Coronavirus scare has gone mainstream. It is hard to turn on the tv, the computer, or log onto social media without hearing the latest COVID-19 information. The media is doing its job; keeping us informed on the virus and its spread. However, if you’re like me, it can be easy to get caught up in the overwhelming chaos the virus has caused around the globe. I’ve listed five tips for coping with COVID-19 related anxiety.
Avoid Excessive Media Exposure
As mentioned above, it is easy to get caught in the media frenzy surrounding the coronavirus. There are ways to limit excessive media exposure. During your downtime, try to distract yourself from it the best way you can. For example, if it’s 5pm, try immersing yourself in that book you’ve been meaning to read. Or, watch a different tv program instead of the 5 o’clock news. If you must get the latest on news updates, try tuning in at 11pm instead or the next morning.
If you are more stressed out than usual, practice self-care. You deserve it. Take a soothing bubble bath and add eucalyptus or lavender bath salts. If acupuncture helps you fight off stress, schedule an appointment. Light scented candles. Create a new playlist on iTunes then listen to it. The things you can do to sooth yourself are endless and they don’t have to be expensive or time consuming.
Focus on Mental Health
If you are currently seeing a therapist and/or psychiatrist, keep your appointments if possible. If your provider is still treating patients/clients during the COVID-19 crisis, please do not cancel your appointments. If you are feeling overwhelmed or anxious now is actually a good time to focus on your mental health. Therapy is a place to vent your worries and frustrations. Many therapists provide tele-therapy as an option. We also provide tele-therapy. It is worth looking into, and really comes in handy during times like this. If you are interested in tele-therapy with Core3, give our office a call.
If you are isolated or living under quarantine, staying connected with relatives or friends is a good idea. Living in isolation can be lonely; so, try connecting through phone calls, texts, or social media. Social media can actually come in handy during this scary time, as it is a quick way to check in with the people you care about.
Keep Yourself Busy
It may be helpful to keep your mind busy and refocused on other things, at least until the anxiety is alleviated. If you are at home with the kids, plan a family game night. This is actually a great way to reconnect with each other as a family. If the kids are anxious too, reassure them that everything will be okay.
I hope this short list is helpful. This list is meant to be used in addition to the CDC guidelines. Stay informed to protect yourself and those around you. If you are in need of therapy give our office a call. We are happy to help you set up a complimentary 20-minute consultation. (888) 203-0113.