The world is not coming to an end! In a time where we are being flooded with information and constant updates of the spread of the novel coronavirus, it’s hard not to get pulled into it all. Part of the pandemic chaos is coming from panic and fear.
It’s important to remember that stress plays a role on our bodies. So in a time where we are stressing over things we simply can’t control, we have to try and stay calm.
Here are some ways to cope with your anxious thoughts & feelings:
This isn’t a zombie apocalypse, the world is not ending. Yes, it’s scary but remember we are all being affected by this. You’re not alone. Get your thoughts out of your head and write them out on paper.
Physical Distancing, not Social
Large (and now small) events are being postponed and we are being advised to self-isolate. Being alone when you are anxious can be worse on your overthinking brain. Just because we are distancing ourselves from others, shouldn’t mean we go completely anti-social. App like Facetime, Zoom, and Slack are a great way to keep in contact with those that can’t physically be near you.
Yes, Facebook is full of constant updates from news networks about the spread of the virus. This can increase the uneasy feelings you’re feeling. So can having co-workers, friends or family reaching out to you testifying their conspiracy theories or apocalyptic plan for survival. If it’s stressing you out, mute or unfollow their feeds, take a step back from social media or ask your pal to kindly refrain from texting you panicked messages.
Focus on what you can control
At this time, the spread of the virus is out of our control. Other than the actions suggested by WHO to wash your hands, support your immune system and self-isolate, there’s really not much else you can do. So focus on what you can control rather than the things you can’t.
Take up a new hobby
Luckily the internet is still working so this is a great time to indulge in a little DIY or new hobby. Colouring is a great way to relax the mind, as is various other crafts like knitting or macramé. If you’re not into crafting, there are some great health & wellness documentaries on Netflix (not to mention that all 9 seasons of The Office are still available).
Remember, we are all in this together. Be sure to check in with your loved ones and try to remain calm. This will eventually pass.
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