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How to Cope Up with Coronavirus Anxiety?

  • Highlights

  • Eat a balanced diet and focus on improving your immune system

  • Keep your sleep, meals, exercise and work schedule regular

  • Stay active and exercise to help relieving stress

  • Try relaxation techniques like meditation, yoga, pranayama, etc

The outbreak of coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) progressing into global pandemic has been stressful for people of all ages. There has been anxiety about the disease spread, fear of one’s own health and of our loved ones, financial security, general disruption of day-to-day activities, social distancing and loneliness. Following are few tips and strategies that would be helpful to adults and children to cope up with the stressful conditions:

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A. Keep yourself informed but don’t stick to the news or social media. Reading or listening about the pandemic repeatedly can be upsetting.

B. Indulge in self-care strategies and by taking care of your mind and body:
▪ Maintain a routine as much as possible. Keep your sleep, meals, exercise and work schedule regular. It can help you maintain a sense of normalcy.
▪ Eat healthy balanced diet and focus on improving your immune system. Limit caffeine as it can aggravate anxiety.
▪ Stay active and exercise to help relieving stress and improve the mental state apart from keeping the body fit. Online exercising videos without any equipment can be helpful including aerobics, yoga etc.
▪ Avoid smoking, alcohol and drugs. They can impact your immune system and increase the risk for coronavirus.
▪ Relax and rejuvenate. Try relaxation techniques like meditation, yoga, pranayama (deep breathing exercises). Soak yourself into a bubble bath, listen to music, read your favorite book, pampering with DIY pedicure or a massage.
▪ Keep your mind positive, have an attitude of gratitude and focus on your blessings.

C. Focus on the things you can do and accept which are not in your control. Getting anxious on how long the pandemic will lasts or what changes will it bring in the community is not in our hands. Instead focus on keeping yourself and the family safe by following guidelines on social distancing, washing hands regularly, avoiding touching face, etc.

D. Write it out. Journaling your thoughts have been proven to help gain clarity in the thoughts and reduce stress. Write down your specific worries and possible solutions for those. After evaluating the options, draw up a plan of action.

E. Stay connected even if physically isolated. Isolation and loneliness can exacerbate anxiety and stress. Don’t hesitate to reach out to old friends or your relatives although avoid talking about the virus with people who tend to be negative or who reinforce your fears. Laugh as much as possible, it helps improving your immunity as well.

F. Help others and be kind to those in need. This will not only make a difference in the society, but also help improve your mental state. Donate food, check on elderly and provide emotional support are few things one can do while maintaining social distance.

G. Get help when the signs are worsening, and the mental health isn’t improving. Talk to your doctor or seek a reference of the healthcare professional who can help you. Online consultations are also available for such kind of help.

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