When the year started, we all made it our mission to say that 2020 would be the year that this happens or this will take place, but nobody at all planned for COVID-19 to take affect, and hit us hard. It’s been a rollercoaster, a lot of adjusting, and a lot of fear placed into what is now our new norm. Sadly, if anybody we know have been affected by the coronavirus, it has either ended really good, or not in the way we wanted…and for that each and every one of us regardless of race, gender, or social class is dealing with grief, and fear.
As we are encouraged through our governors, to “stay at home”, some of us are dealing with financial struggles, anxiety, and so much more as we manage to get through quarantine. But as we are on the road to recovery as a nation, some of our truly dealing with anxiety (some in the know, and others not even knowing they are dealing with it) and it has probably been hard to overcome it, so I want to give some insight on how to manage your anxiety (as I am dealing with the same thing).
You may be experiencing anxiety in ways of:
- overthinking what’s going on consistently with the news, or who you may know that will get affected by the virus
- fear of thinking that you may be a carrier or that you may have it and not even know it
- we may be emotional worried by the pandemic which is causing some of us to eat our emotions, and not take control of our bodies physically
- you may feel like you will never recover from this pandemic, or catch up with bills that you may have already missed
- navigate your relationships with either your significant other, friends, or family
So here’s how you can control your anxiety through this pandemic
TAKE SOME TIME AND REALLY FOCUS ON THE FACTS
Between social media, podcasts, the news, and websites: we are constantly hearing different things. It’s almost like we need clarity about things that are going on around us, and it becomes hard to not focus so hard on it. If you feel like you are all over the place with facts, just make sure to first check out the CDC website.
BUILD ROUTINES FOR DAY AND NIGHT
As you take time to build routines, and taking care of yourself…this will give you less time to focus on the news and social media as a whole. If you are someone that has to create an to-do list before starting your day, make sure to do that. Before you go to bed each night, make sure you give yourself a grace period of no news and social media before heading to sleep so that you can sleep through the whole night. It’s about changing the way you bring things into your world throughout the day.
TALK IT OUT WITH SOMEONE
I know many people say not to talk about this current pandemic so much, but if talking it out makes you feel better, and less worried than do what makes you feel better. I know personally know I can’t talk about it too much (especially since I work at the frontline with it, at the hospital). It stresses me out, and make somewhat emotional in ways I can’t explain if I talk about it so often, so I prefer to just not dwell on it (or watch the news).
TAKE CARE OF YOURSELF
Give yourself a break from social media, from watching the news, and just really engage with yourself. I know it can be rough to manage self-care when your anxiety is through the roof but meditate day and night to manage it. Tell yourself you will take of yourself that day in such ways: face mask, polishing your nails, doing your feet, taking time to do a puzzle, read a book, write in your journal, and so much more. By the time you come out of quarantine, and we tackle this pandemic, you will feel refreshed, and ready to take on the world.
But, I do want you to know this one thing…
IT’S OKAY TO NOT HAVE IT ALL TOGETHER RIGHT NOW DURING THIS PANDEMIC. TAKE EACH DAY AT A TIME, AND ENJOY THE MOMENTS OF SILENCE. GIVE YOURSELF SOME DAILY AFFIRMATIONS TO GO ON, TAKE TIME TO ENGAGE IN SELF-CARE, AND ENGAGE IN SOME PHYSICAL ACTIVITY.
Take this moment, and share an update or some advice on how you are coping with COVID-19 and being quarantine. Comment below!