Anxiety during COVID-19

COVID-19 is a crisis. Because of the unexpected nature of the event along with the uncertainty of future and the threat on our life  and of those we love, it is natural to feel worry and stress.

Stress enables us to appraise a situation and prepare for response. So, in a way stress is not all bad. However the way we cope with the stress currently will determine our psychological wellbeing and growth in the future. 

Fear and worry about COVID-19 and how it will be affecting our lives can take an emotion toll on anyone. This can especially be difficult to deal with if you are suffering from previous anxiety problems.

The few tips listed below can help you deal with feelings of anxiety and fear.

  1. It is important to have a sort of flexible routine during the day, with particular emphasis on sleep and eating habits.
  2. Acknowledge feelings of fear, worry and anxiety in self.
  3. Identify the things that you can control like staying home, washing hands and not touching face,etc.
  4. Don’t put undue pressure to feel positive all the time.
  5. Practise self compassion. Be kind to yourself and don’t expect to be productive all the time.
  6. Connect via social media and video-calls with family/friends and teachers.
  7. Take some ‘me’ time and disconnect form social media and continuous inflow of news/information.
  8. Learn a new skill/set a new goal to engage in free time.
  9. Exercise and do physical activity.
  10. Take part in household work, share responsibilities.
  11. Volunteer/ Help others (it will make you feel better).
  12. Learn some breathing techniques and mindfulness practises and apply them when ever feeling become overwhelming.
  13. Seek support of others/ professionals when anxiety seems out of control.

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