MANAGE ANXIETY DURING CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC – BE A WARRIOR, NOT A WORRIER
In the last couple of years, the entire global population has experienced drastic changes in their lifestyle, which are still ongoing. The world is currently in the midst of a pandemic, with many places partially shut down or struggling to reopen safely. There are numerous locations where coronavirus infection rates are increasing, and some are preparing for what may come next and how to endure it. Most people have been confined to their worries and anxieties for a long time. In such a dire situation, it is essential to take care of both physical and mental health for a better life. Statistics show that more than 75% of people around the world have been diagnosed with anxiety or depression symptoms.
UNDERSTANDING YOUR AND OTHER’S ANXIETY
Families consist of people with various mindsets, and thus their anxieties and negative thoughts will vary. Children who love to be outdoors are likely to become irritated when confined and may express their frustration through outbursts of anger. Teenagers and young adults who are more focused on their future may become anxious and often worry about themselves. Men are more likely to become aggressive or short-tempered over minor issues, while women are more prone to laziness, tantrums, and self-blame.
WHAT ARE THE THINGS TO AVOID?
It is essential to keep negative thoughts at bay. It is natural to think about what you have lost or are losing, but instead of repeating these negative aspects in your mind, look for positivity. Stay informed about what is happening around you, but don’t stick to pandemic news all the time. Read what is necessary to follow, but don’t keep depressing yourself by looking at it 24/7. Avoid fake news; don’t believe or forward any news without verifying its truth. If you have people around you or find social media buzzing with negative and sympathetic messages that are fueling your anxiety, then avoid them. As the old saying goes, “Out of sight, out of mind”. Panic is the last thing you should do for your own sake and your family; keep calm and handle the pandemic and problems practically.
HOW TO TURN TOWARDS POSITIVITY?
Focus on the things you can control! In this worldwide coronavirus outbreak, there are many things outside of our control. We often search the internet with many queries and questions that are illogical, and even Google can’t answer questions like “when will this pandemic end?” Instead of looking for answers that are out of your range and human capability, look for positive things like pursuing some long-lost hobbies or some new hobbies you can take up. It is possible that you may find a whole new passion that can make your life better. Many things are now possible online; although the physical world has paused, you can explore the virtual world. Find ways to exercise! Exercise helps you release anxiety and feel fresh, and manage your mood. If you’re stuck at home, look for online videos you can follow, and if you can go out, try cycling or go on a hike. There are many exercises you can do at home without needing any professional equipment. Start doing yoga as it not only helps your body feel good but also cleanses the soul. You don’t need any equipment to do most of the yoga asanas, and it’s relatively easy to do with the best benefits all over.
Plan practically what you can!
It is natural to be concerned about things, especially in this pandemic situation. There are many possibilities of things that can happen and are scary to think about, but being practical and planning things can help relieve some stress. You can start writing your worries and problems in a journal or make a list of all possible solutions you can think of; concentrate on things you can control rather than circumstances beyond your control and don’t stress yourself more.
Stay in contact (virtually)!
Social distancing is essential for you and the people around you, but distancing from people isn’t good. Physically you can’t be together, but virtually, you can. Humans are social animals, and isolation can trigger anxiety, loneliness, and even depression. Therefore, it is essential to stay connected, if not physically then virtually supporting and reaching out to each other