It’s all that anyone is talking about, it’s a serious threat, and it’s seemingly getting worse. What’s more, it’s affecting the economy, livelihoods, and even families. It’s no surprise a lot of people are facing anxiety when it comes to the subject of the coronavirus. But what can you do to help you manage the anxiety of this challenge, a completely unique occurrence for this generation?
Stay updated but don’t make it your everything
There are plenty of websites, including NYTimes, that are tracking developments and precautions around the coronavirus. It’s important to keep up-to-date to know how it will affect your life and to stay safe. But it’s also important to make sure you’re finding other ways to keep yourself busy so that it’s not constantly on your mind. Get creative, play video games, read books, clean the house. Do what you can to make sure you’re not spending all day with your own worries or it can make your anxiety much worse.
Get out of your anxiety
Directly treating your anxiety can help, but you may need to find new ways to do that. Appointments might be cancelled, and you might not be as eager to visit your massage therapist for now, for instance. Alternative options like aromatherapy or CBD might be able to help, especially thanks to online deliveries from services like Budmail. We have to be resourceful and look at new ways to supplement the treatments that might not be as readily available to us as usual.
Help others in this time of need
Where possible, limiting your contact with others, including friends and family outside your household, is recommended. But that doesn’t mean you can’t help businesses, neighbors, and your community. A lot of older people and people with disabilities are having trouble getting access to the supplies that they need to get through the next few weeks. Look around you, see if there is anyone you can help by making a cautious trip to get supplies for them.
Look to the future
Helping others can help you take your mind off your own concerns. But so can a realistic look at the situation. Right now, the problem is severe for many of us, but some parts of the world are already starting to see some relief from the coronavirus. As The Guardian shows, the virus has been slowing down in many parts of Asia, including China, South Korea, and Japan. These parts of the world have been dealing with the virus since January, which means we may still be a few months away from getting through, but at least we know it is possible and it is coming.
Covid-19 is a going to be a months’ long challenge and one that we will not forget. However, our best chances of getting through it are by being sensible, following the latest advice, and keeping our heads screwed on straight. As such, we need to do what we can to stop anxiety from taking the wheel.
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