How To Handle COVID-19 Anxiety

Handling COVID-19 Anxiety

Good day to all my followers and readers, I know we are all struggling to cope with the coronavirus (COVID19) pandemic, there maybe feelings of fear, stress and anxiety during this time but at the same time we need to consider our mental health which is at a delicate stage right now. In my country the spread of COVID19 is relatively slow but we all still fear of the potential damage it can do to our country. There is so much going on around the world right now, creating anxiety and fear everywhere, but the thing is that there is hope and there are a lot of people are recovering daily.

Today my blog will be on how to cope with the fear and anxiety during the COVID19 pandemic.

Stress and Coping

The outbreak of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) has been stressful for many people. There is a lot of fear and anxiety about a disease and this maybe overwhelming and cause strong emotions in adults and children. Being able to cope with stress will make you, the people you care about, and your community stronger.

4 Questions About COVID-19 Anxiety

1. How do I know if I have anxiety about the coronavirus disease (COVID-19)? 

If you’re worrying excessively about the coronavirus disease and are feeling a lot of fear that you find difficult to control, then you may be experiencing anxiety. You may also have some of the following symptoms: 

2. What should I do if the nonstop news about COVID-19 is making me anxious? 

If you’re feeling anxious from reading or listening to the constant coverage of COVID-19, chances are you’re consuming too much of it, too often. Consider selecting two to three reliable resources to gather your information from, and aim to read, listen to, or watch them just once or twice a day. This is a problem I lot of people are having during the pandemic.

3. What can I do right now to manage my COVID-19 anxiety? 

One of the best ways to manage anxiety is to aim to actively separate your most rational thoughts from your worst fears about the COVID-19 virus. Take time to gather the necessary facts about the disease, such as via the CDC’s information on symptoms and the various preventative measures you and your family can take. Stay up-to-date on steps your local and state governments are taking to prevent its spread — jot everything down if it helps — then create a step-by-step plan that addresses those facts to keep you and your family healthy. Focus on the problems you can solve rather than the what-ifs, as well as how you can contribute to the overall health of your community.

It’s also important to limit how much you focus on COVID-19 during the day. Ask yourself, “When am I thinking clearly about the situation, and when am I just panicking about my fears?” Don’t hesitate to turn off the TV or call a friend to chat about something completely unrelated. Be sure to keep moving (even short spurts of exercise indoors help) and get enough sleep; both will help keep your mood lifted. And don’t hesitate to reach out to your therapist or doctor if the symptoms of anxiety feel unmanageable.

4. Should I talk to a therapist about my COVID-19 anxiety? 

If you’re experiencing symptoms of anxiety that interfere with your daily life, work, or relationships, then therapy may be useful to you. Getting your fears about COVID-19 off your chest in a nonjudgmental space can help you think more clearly when devising a fact-based plan for taking care of yourself and others during a pandemic. Therapy can also help you build communication skills that can assist you in navigating conflicts with family members that could arise due to COVID-19 anxiety. 

Given current travel limitations and the need for social distancing, in which you should stay six feet away from other people, ask your current or potential therapist if they offer phone or video sessions.

Things you can do to support yourself during difficult times

Taking care of yourself, your friends, and your family can help you cope with stress. Helping others cope with their stress can also make your community stronger.

  • Take breaks from watching, reading, or listening to news stories, including social media. Hearing about the pandemic repeatedly can be upsetting.
  • Take care of your body. Take deep breaths, stretch, or meditate. Try to eat healthy, well-balanced meals, exercise regularly, get plenty of sleep, and avoid alcohol and drugs.
  • Make time to unwind. Try to do some other activities you enjoy.
  • Connect with others. Talk with people you trust about your concerns and how you are feeling.

AMY

9 Things You Should Never Do

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  1. Never allow people to disrespect you, or it will happen again. When you tolerate poor behavior it will only get worse.
  2. Never allow anyone to tell you your goals are too big to impossible.
  3. Never date and unavailable person, This includes, people who are married, in a committed relationship, or actively using and addicted to drugs, alcohol or something else
  4. Never forget your worth and your value and don’t let anyone define you in a negative way.
  5. Never settle for a life partner. It’s better to wait long than to marry the wrong person.
  6. Never allow toxic people to remain in your life.
  7. Never take anyone for granted. Remember people are rented not owned.
  8. Never allow anyone to determine your work or career path.
  9. Never give up on the things that are meaningful or mean the most to you (Failure is not an option) —Maria Consiglio

AMY

Are These 3 Core Beliefs Ruining Your Happiness?

Core Beliefs

What are core beliefs? Core beliefs are rules or operating instructions for our lives. These beliefs often develop very early in our childhood and rarely ever identified, updated or corrected. What this means is that we end up carrying these beliefs well into adulthood, along with all the emotional baggage that they contain.

Chronic unhappiness is usually the result of our destructive core beliefs. When we learn to identify and correct these old beliefs, we open the door for us to have a happier, fulfilling life. Many of us deep down feel that we are not as happy as we should be and we feel stuck living a life we don’t want. Sometimes we feel ashamed or embarrassed by our past mistakes, not knowing how to let go of the past and move on. We get so caught up in the cycles of dependence, as we desperately want to move forward, but somehow we always seem to fall back. Always worrying about the future, despite knowing we have little control over the future. Worrying does little to improve any aspect of it. All it does is add to our anxieties.

3 Core Beliefs Crippling Your Happiness

  1. In order to do any difficult task I need to feel good – Motivation is a funny thing, when we have it, we feel energized, enthusiastic and we feel we can do anything. For example, Go to the gym, take a run, eat healthy etc. But what happens when we are not feeling motivated: we feel sluggish, and lazy when feeling this way can’t get things done. For example, getting out of bed and into the shower feels difficult. All and all motivation is a powerful force in our lives. It can push us to achieve anything. However, when it’s absent we become discourage from taking even the tinniest step toward them our goals or dreams.  Feeling good is a consequence of, not a prerequisite for, feeling good. It is possible to train ourselves to do difficult tasks regardless of how we feel at the moment.
  2. In order to succeed I need to be hard on myself – When our core belief is success only comes from being hard on ourselves, it’s easier to fall into the habit of negative self-talk and depression, anxiety, and misery usually follows. Despite being hard on ourselves we were probably successful without being hard on ourselves, and not because of it. Negative self-talk is a burden that we can live without.
  3. In order to be lovable I need to be successful – We tend to bind our self-worth with our successes in life, especially our material success, which is defined by others. From childhood we are taught that hard work pays off and it will lead to success and happiness. We are influenced by all sorts of well-intentions from family members, teachers, friends, to go to the prestigious schools, get into a well paying career in order to become successful and happy. The problem with this is as children we internalize these messages to mean, however irrational it may seem; that we can only be lovable and worthwhile if we are successful.

AMY

Create A Positive Mental Attitude

Always remember only you have the power to make changes in your life. It is important to know that your health can be affected by constant negative thoughts and this can lead to stress, depression, panic attacks and anxiety.

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Everyone has issues they have to deal with, that’s why creating a positive mindset is so important.

Here are some tips to create a positive mental attitude, always remember that you are powerful and you should embrace life. Realize that you have control over your reactions not everything or everyone deserves a response. Know that no one is better qualified than you at living your life. Believe in your heart you are more than enough, love yourself, take care of yourself, stay cool, stay calm embrace change.

Recognize thought distortions and correct them by challenging each negative thought that enter you mind, do this by replacing each negative though with 3 positive thoughts. Take a break, free your mind from negativity even if you have to let go of the negative people in your life. Stop judging everything you do, be easy on yourself everyone makes mistake we are human.

Practice gratitude daily, I believe for amazing results as you awake in the morning think about three things that you are most grateful for. Practice gratitude throughout the day. Know your strengths and focus on them.

AMY

Daily Inspiration [3]

On continuing with daily inspiration I will share with you two quotes that inspired me today.

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Inspiration

“This life is what you make it. No matter what, you’re going to mess up sometimes, it’s a universal truth. But the good part is you get to decide how you’re going to mess it up. Girls will be your friends – they’ll act like it anyway. But just remember, some come, some go. The ones that stay with you through everything – they’re your true best friends. Don’t let go of them. Also remember, sisters make the best friends in the world. As for lovers, well, they’ll come and go too. And baby, I hate to say it, most of them – actually pretty much all of them are going to break your heart, but you can’t give up because if you give up, you’ll never find your soulmate. You’ll never find that half who makes you whole and that goes for everything. Just because you fail once, doesn’t mean you’re gonna fail at everything. Keep trying, hold on, and always, always, always believe in yourself, because if you don’t, then who will, sweetie? So keep your head high, keep your chin up, and most importantly, keep smiling, because life’s a beautiful thing and there’s so much to smile about.” 
― Marilyn Monroe

Like today’s inspirational blog post? Comment below I would love to hear you thoughts.

AMY

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