Even if you have not been directly impacted by the emergence of the new coronavirus, such times certainly influence us in a very negative way by putting us in a state of additional stress and anxiety.
For months now we have been experiencing hardships we have never met before. We remember all kinds of crises, including swine flu, SARS, MERS, and others. But we never had a pandemic that has swept the globe in such a powerful and swift way and that had no estimated time when it may end.
We try to adapt as quickly as possible to these new challenges, so-called “new normal”, to a new reality that brings so many unknowns in our lives.
In this article, we will share some tips that can help you to manage the COVID anxiety effectively, both for your mental well-being and for creating the right mindset for optimal functioning.
Accept the new reality
When searching for effective solutions in times of crisis, it is important to embrace the new reality. New times call for new measures. So, if we don’t adapt to it quickly, we’ll remain stuck in the old model of action.
Focus on actions you can take now
There are many things we can no longer do in today’s landscape. If we stay focused on the past, we will waste the energy that we need so much to focus on the actions we can take today.
Make a list of things you can do to adapt to the new times. Be inventive and brainstorm on how certain difficulties can be overcome. Connect with other people and businesses who face the same challenges as you; finding solutions together could be easier.
Create a structure for your day
Maintaining a daily structure helps in reducing stress. Set a daily wake-up time and time intervals for different activities (working, taking breaks, tidying the house, relaxing, eating). This new routine will help you solve the problem.
Stay connected with your family
Being connected with your loved ones is a huge help when we cope with stress and anxiety. Try and test all types of communication: phone, email, Zoom, WhatsApp, etc. and find that works best for you and your relatives. Kind words of support from your own people is a tremendous healing factor.
Keep in touch with the community
A way frequently adopted by people who live in a state of intense stress is to limit their contact with clients, in the idea that they may have nothing to offer them in these conditions or communication with friends. It is important during this period to communicate with the community you are addressing, whether it is to inform them about the additional protection measures you have taken, or simply to keep in touch with them. This period will also have an end date and it is important to be close to them. In addition, talk to your friends, even if you may not be in the best mood, they will help you lift your spirits and, why not, they can have solutions for the problems you face.
Change the way you respond to stress
We cannot control where stress is coming from. Therefore, we can only change the way we respond to them. Our body responds to stress by releasing hormones, which can lead to a poor physical condition: sleep problems, difficulty concentrating, weakness, etc.
When you feel that the anxiety overwhelms you (which is normal during the current corona virus pandemic), choose a pleasant activity that distracts and relaxes you. The best activities are those that are both pleasant and healthy, such as exercises, yoga, short walks, conversations with friends.
Avoid excessive alcohol consumption. Even if it helps to distract you from anxiety in the short term, the problems don’t disappear. Alcohol can create a new problem instead of fixing the old ones.
Take care of your mental health
The best thing you can do for yourself is to maintain a positive mindset. Thus, you will have the energy and creativity to generate the best solutions in your changed reality. Be optimistic and trust that this hard period in your life will come to an end.