Feeling stressed during COVID -19 pandemic?
Coronavirus is anyhow affecting the entire world.
We are a nation physically separated from each other but united by worry, stress, and anxiety when it comes to COVID-19. Every day, we headed into different battles. News changes hilariously and many aspects of normal life are being put on hold. People are experiencing several feelings of stress and anxiety and they are reaching out of information about mental health.
If you are stressed and anxious during this pandemic then you are not alone many of us are in the same boat at the very same time. It’s also important to realize that no matter how hopeless and helpless we all feel, there are steps that can take us to deal better with uncontrollable circumstances and face this pandemic with more confidence.
“With things changing so quickly, it’s a situation that leaves people feeling out of control. This can cause people to feel stressed, anxious and uncertain”
How to cope with this uncertainty?
Uncertainty is a natural and unavoidable part of life that we never ever want to acknowledge. Very little about our lives is constant, and while we can control many things in our lives but we can’t control everything that happens to us. From this coronavirus, outbreak life has changed very quickly and unpredictably. You may have suddenly become sick, lost your job, or any other problems even regarding your family. You may be anxious about when this pandemic will end or if life will ever return to normal.
To cope with all the uncertainty coming in life, many of us use worrying as a tool. Chronic worrying can’t give you more control over uncontrollable events, it just robs your peace and enjoyment in the present, saps your energy, and keeps you up and stressed every time.
Instead of worrying too much, start focusing on hygiene. Simple hygiene measures can help prevent the virus from spreading.
~Wash, wash, wash!!!
Yes, you’re hearing it everywhere and from everyone. Wash hands frequently with soap and water for a minimum of 20 seconds. Make sure to wash hands after you blow your nose, sneeze, use the washroom, when you leave, and return home, before preparing or eating food, handling contact lenses, etc.
If using a hand sanitizer ensure that it contains at least 60% alcohol and cover on all parts of the hands and rub hands together until hands feel dry. If your hands are visibly dirty, always wash them with soap and water.
~Don’t touch your face
Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
~Don’t cough or sneeze without covering
Cover your mouth and nose from tissue or elbow when coughing or sneezing. Dispose of the used tissue immediately.
~Respect social distancing
Maintain a distance of at least 1 meter from people when at a public place.
Also, there are ways to cope with uncertainty naturally—and that begins with adjusting your schedule and mindset. Here are the tips:
· Take action by doing things within control
Anxiety often starts with feelings of powerlessness. But finding a task that makes you feel in control can be very much helpful.
Focus on the things you can do like:
- Working from home
- Washing your hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
- Avoiding touching your face.
- Practicing social distancing.
- Staying home as much as possible.
- Avoiding crowds and gatherings of more than 5 people.
- Keeping min 1-meter distance between yourself and others when out.
- Getting plenty of sleep and eating a healthy diet, this helps to support the immune system.
These are all things within our control.
- Monitor your news intake
There is a difference between staying informed and getting overly stressed. It’s important to stay informed about what’s happening around, so you can follow safety advice and precautions regarding COVID-19. But there’s a lot of misinformation going around. It’s important to be discerning about what you read and watch. Limit your news intake if you feel that’s what’s getting your nerves up. Just allocate a specific time of day to check the news. The key is knowing when to cut yourself off that may be causing more stress. For example, instead of checking the news right before bed, do something soothing or relaxing and check news the very next day.
· Take your mind off things
Take your mind off things by doing a routine task, like doing the dishes, washing clothes, cooking, baking or relax by listening to your favorite music or watching a movie
Stuck indoors and still confused?
We’ve come up with other things you can do instead:
- Read the book you’ve been waiting to read for a while
- Write poetry or journal
- Reorganize your living space
- Play a board game
- Bake your favorite cake
- Exercise with an online fitness or yoga class
- Learn a new language online
- Think about a skincare or haircare routine
- Paint, draw, sketch or practice calligraphy
- You can even make a YouTube channel
Reach out to others
Isolation and loneliness can create anxiety, depression, and even impact physical health. That’s why it’s important to stay connected with others as best you can. Make it a priority to stay in touch with your friends and relatives. While in-person visits are limited, substitute it with video calling or even a normal call or text would be fine, share memes or anything mood-boosting on what's app and Instagram could be a better option for you to stay connected with others that may help you feel less anxious. It’s still possible to reach out to people while respecting social distancing.
What to do you when you panic
Your stress and anxiety can sometimes turn into a panic attack. So here are tips you can follow while panicking:
Deep breathing: Lie down on your back and close your eyes. Gently breathe in through your nose, mouth closed, for six seconds. Don't fill your lungs with too much air. Exhale for six seconds, allowing air to leave your body slowly and gently. Try this breathing exercise for a minimum of 5 mins, 2-3 times a day for best results.
Eye movement: After washing your hands thoroughly, put your finger 6 inches away from your nose. Keep your head still and move your finger slowly back and forth in a horizontal line. Think about what specifically is making you anxious. Then, move your eyes from left to right for about 20-25 times. Moving your eyes helps your brain process information. This helps during the time of the panic attacks.
Tell yourself that it’s okay to be anxious during this pandemic and accepting the feeling of anxiety can actually be beneficial during the time of the panic attack. The feeling of panic can be very powerful and uncontrollable sometimes. Rather than trying to stop it, tell yourself ‘It’s okay to be anxious sometimes and this COVID-19 will find its cure soon. It’s important to remind yourself that it’s just anxiety and that these feelings will pass soon.