How to Manage COVID-19 Anxiety?

COVID-19 Anxiety

How to Manage COVID-19 Anxiety and Stress

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Between the on-going news headlines and text alerts, it’s hard to escape the sense of uncertainty and anxiety regarding the COVID-19 pandemic. This COVID-19 anxiety and stress can have a profound effect on our immune system, so it’s important for both your mental and physical health that you prioritize self-care.



How to Manage COVID-19 Anxiety?

  • Be kind to yourself. Go easy on yourself if you’re experiencing more depression or anxiety than usual. You’re not alone in your COVID-19 anxiety struggles.
  • Maintain a routine as best as you can. However, even if you’re stuck at home, try to stick to your regular sleep, school, meal, or work schedule. This can help you maintain a sense of normalcy.
  • Take time out for the activities you enjoy. Read a good book, watch a comedy, play a fun board or video game, make something—whether it’s a new recipe, a craft, or a piece of art. It doesn’t matter what you do, as long as it takes you out of your worries.
  • Get out in nature, if possible. Sunshine and fresh air will do you good. Even a walk around your neighborhood can make you feel better. Just be sure to avoid crowds, keep your distance from people you encounter, and obey COVID-19 restrictions in your area.
  • Find ways to exercise. Staying active will help you release COVID-19 anxiety, relieve stress, and manage your mood. While the gym and group classes are out, you can still cycle, hike, or walk. If you’re stuck at home, look online for exercise videos you can follow. There are many things you can do even without equipment, such as yoga and exercises that use your own bodyweight.
  • Avoid self-medicating. Be careful that you’re not using alcohol or other substances to deal with anxiety or depression. If you tend to overdo it in the best of times, it may be a good idea to avoid it for now.
  • Practice mindfulness. When COVID-19 stressors throw your nervous system out of balance, relaxation techniques such as deep breathing, meditation, and yoga can bring you back into a state of equilibrium. Regular practice delivers the greatest benefits, so see if you can set aside even a little time every day.

Seek help from a professional?

If you’re not finding these approaches to be effective, consider scheduling an appointment with one of our licensed counselors.  We can provide guidance on the best options to further address your mental health and COVID-19 stress and anxiety.

We offer both in-person, phone, and virtual appointments.

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