Reported anxiety symptoms have increased since the coronavirus pandemic began in March 2020. For the majority of the people, the coronavirus pandemic has resulted in drastic life changes throughout their day-to-day life. At present, as a result of surging coronavirus cases, feelings of anxiety associated with uncertainty and isolation can be heightened.

These feelings can be overwhelming and affect your mental health, mainly for those already suffering from anxiety disorders. As we celebrate the holidays in the midst of the second virus wave, it’s important to recognize the warnings signs and identify ways of reaching out for help.

If you feel this pandemic has taken a toll on you and you’re having a hard time adjusting, you are not alone! Acknowledging and accepting your emotions is a start to finding healthy ways to cope with anxiety.

Healthy ways of tackling coronavirus anxiety

  1. Limit your media exposure
    While social media plays an essential role in keeping you informed of coronavirus related information, it is also important to limit your media exposure, particularly from unreliable and anxiety provoking sources. Disengaging from media outlets and engaging in other activities instead, can help re-direct your focus and adjust to your surroundings.
  2. Get engage in Healthy Activities
    Mindfulness techniques, keeping yourself active, and good nutrition are good for both your mind and body. Regular exercise helps you maintain a healthy immune system and releases pent up stress. Limit the use of alcohol, smoking, sugary drinks, or any other substance that could increase or enable your anxiety. Activities such as fishing, walking, running, and outdoor yoga classes can help you relax and feel productive.Find out about local exercise or mindfulness apps or virtual sessions to practice in the safety and comfort of your home.
     
  3. Reconnect with your friends and family members
    Anxiety can leave us feeling lonely and vulnerable. Stay socially connected with your loved ones to help deal with anxiety caused by the coronavirus. Maintain a healthy connection with your loved ones on FaceTime, Skype, or any other virtual platform available. Be proactive about asking your loved ones how they are doing. You might find others who can relate to your issues!
     
  4. Try to maintain a routine
     Maintaining a schedule for your activities is critical as it reinforces the predictability and order in your life. Repetitive routines can also keep you busy and help increase motivation while alleviating stress. Create boundaries that limit any distractions and create a schedule to help you manage your day. Examples of activities include journaling, reading, cooking or family DIY projects.

Seek help from mental health professionals

The majority of the mental health therapists have shifted towards online practices in the light of the coronavirus around the country. If you’re still struggling with overwhelming feelings of anxiety, seek a mental health therapist you can begin virtual appointments with. At Mount Vernon Counseling Center, we have therapists available to support individuals struggling to cope on their own.