I know that fear of COVID-19 can be emotionally devastating, especially if you are already living with anxiety. But you and I sadly have no power.
It’s a scary time. I agree. We are in the midst of a deadly second wave, with most of the nation in a complete lockdown. Some of us are in areas where levels of coronavirus infection continues to deteriorate. Others prepare for what might happen next. And we all look at the headlines and ask, “When will this end?”
For many people, the uncertainty surrounding the coronavirus is the most difficult to deal with. We still do not know how we will be affected, how long this will last, or how bad things will happen. And that makes it much easier to make a tragedy and open it up to great fear and panic. But I suggest that there are many things you can do – even in the face of this rare situation – to control your worries, anxiety and fears. Believe me, these will help you outlast the pandemic with a healthy mind.
Stay informed – but Don’t over-Examine the news
It is important to stay informed, especially what is happening in your community, so that you can follow the recommended safety measures and do your part to reduce the spread of coronavirus. But there are many misconceptions around it, as well as the spread of excitement that only draws closer to anxiety. It is important to have an understanding of what you are reading and watching.
Stick to reliable sources such as the ICMR, the World Health Organization, and local health authorities.
Limit how often you check for updates. Regular monitoring of news and social media feeds can quickly become stressful and unproductive – exacerbating anxiety rather than reducing it. The limit is different for everyone, so pay attention to how you feel and adjust accordingly.
Stay away from the media when you start to feel frustrated. If anxiety is an ongoing problem, consider limiting your use of the media at certain times and times of the day. Trust me it really takes a lot of pressure off your mind.
Find Hope. Yes, the Good old Hope
This may sound impossible at a difficult time, but instead of thinking, “This is my whole life,” Take a step back and see if there is reason for optimism. By identifying solutions that have worked for those communities and continuing to take precautionary measures, we increase the likelihood that the future will be as hopeless or uncertain as we fear.
For people who feel the financial impact of coronavirus, the silver membrane can be very difficult to detect at this time. Try to adjust your thinking: If you have lost your job, rather than viewing it as an eternity, think of it as a time to return to work.
Keep the schedule up and stick to it
I know that people have lost their normal habits, and that unplanned time and can lead to reversal and entry, things that have a higher risk of depression. Plan your day, up to an hour. At the end of the day, mark the items and make a list of things to do for the next day, so that you can look ahead. Create a set of weekly and monthly goals, and then set long-term goals.
It is very important to keep the make-up if you have lost your job. It is natural for people to be upset when they are not working. In addition to financial problems, they are losing shape in their lives. One way to deal with this is to set aside time for yourself.
Convert your free time into something productive
Instead of thinking of yourself as a solitary prisoner, you would view it as an opportunity to be free. Try to find happy times in this freedom. You can still go outside for a workout, or go online for a workout or yoga video. Read books and watch movies that you understand. Surround yourself with tasks you have set aside, such as cleaning your closets. Make art by cooking. Maybe you’ve been ordering a temporary release and forget you have a kitchen.
So friends, I really hope you are able to figure what’s good for you and your mental well being by reading these simple tips. This pandemic is a once in a century calamity. Dealing with it requires an equal amount of patience and hope. I wish that we cross this bridge safely and feel peace on the other side soon.