We are living in times that none of us will ever have experienced before. This means that we are often left feeling confused, unsure and probably anxious about what is currently happening. The impact that Covid-19 has had on all of our lives is going to take some time to forget and the stress and anxiety that people feel right now is something that should never be overlooked, even as we have a roadmap out of lockdown.
Of course, everyone is going to feel differently at the moment, but chances are that you will have felt anxiety in some form of late. You may be frustrated that you cannot see your family or friends, you may worry that you could get sick, or you may feel lonely because you are working from home.
If you are finding that you are struggling with anxiety, then here are some of our top tips on how to deal with it during the Covid-19 pandemic.
1) Only read the facts
It seems that you can’t turn on the TV, the radio or go online without seeing something about Covid-19. Whilst this is great to stay informed and know what is happening, too much information, or not the right information could be harmful. You should try as much as you can to only read the facts that relate to Covid-19, not the things that you read on social media. Paying attention to gossip or mis-truths could be more harmful to you.
2) Talk about it
Many people who have anxiety are likely to go inwards when they feel that they are struggling or finding things hard. However, this could be the worst thing to do. It is important to make sure that you talk about it to your friends or family members. Chances are that they are feeling exactly the same, whilst they may not be able to give you any advice, they can help you to realise that you are not alone.
3) Try and stay connected
It is hard to see our friends at the moment and be as social as we normally are, but this doesn’t mean that it isn’t impossible. The likes of Zoom and Teams have helped us to stay as connected as possible whilst we cannot physically be together. It is important that you make the effort to use these tools as they can remind you that there are people out there who you can talk to and who are missing spending time with you.
Bonus Tip: Make sure you take care of your physical needs
Your mental and your physical wellbeing go hand in hand. Which means that if you want to be in a good headspace, then you need to take care of your body too. Try and ensure that you stay as active as you can. Which can be hard to do during lockdown we know. But it is something that you will definitely feel the benefit of if you try to do it as much as you can.
Anxiety isn’t something that will disappear overnight, but, we hope that as things get better in the Covid-19 world, that our feelings of worry will start to ease and we can feel back to our normal selves.