How to Manage Your Anxiety During a Pandemic

June 05, 2020


How To Manage Your Anxiety During A Pandemic Min

Millions working from home, school prematurely put to a halt, grocery store shelves becoming empty, and the suspension of public transportation is among the many things that the COVID-19 pandemic has brought to our lives. [1]


These trying times have caused people to be on the edge more than ever. Surrounded by a number of stressors, it’s easy, and perfectly normal, to succumb to fear in the face of uncertainty and unpredictability.


You are not alone in this.


The coronavirus pandemic has affected our everyday lives in a multitude of ways that it becomes impossible to know what to expect next. [2]


Anxiety is a normal response to the current situation and some of us are having a harder time coping than others.[3] Managing your anxiety is key to making the best decisions possible for you and your family. Below are pieces of advice from various experts that can help you keep your anxiety in check as you deal with the coronavirus pandemic:


Accept that there are things beyond your control [4]

This may be easier said than done, but without taking this cognitive step, it’s harder to adopt behaviors and self-care measures that can help you cope.


Focus on things you can control [2]

Instead of dwelling on things you can't control, learn to re-channel your focus elsewhere, such as steps you can take to keep yourself safe, how to spend time with your loved ones, or how to manage your money. Putting yourself in control over something helps you gain inner peace.


Stay connected [4]

While we are told to practice social distancing, that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t text, make phone calls, and maintain contact with friends and family online. Just by talking to them and knowing that everything is fine can help you feel better. At a time where we can’t be close physically, we need to practice being close to them emotionally.


Limit the time you spend consuming media [2]

Consuming too much information will keep your anxiety sky high. Be careful of what you see and what you choose to read, whether it be from the television or from news articles circulating around social media. They might do more harm than good.


Exercise [2]

Physical activities greatly reduce anxiety.  And while any type of exercise can help you feel better, some studies have found that strength training is especially effective in reducing anxiety.


Remember that nothing is permanent [3]

Anxiety always feels as though it will never end – but it will. The tendency to jump to the worst-case scenario – your loved ones or yourself exhibiting symptoms – very rarely reflects reality. Be kind to yourself. This, too, shall pass.


If you find yourself still anxious after practicing these tips, do not hesitate to seek help. Click here for the list of mental health resources that could help you ease your anxieties.


Sources:

  1. https://www.cnnphilippines.com/news/2020/3/17/Live-updates-coronavirus-covid-19-Philippines.html
  2. https://www.businessinsider.com/11-tips-for-managing-your-anxiety-during-coronavirus-from-therapist-2020-3
  3. https://www.theglobeandmail.com/canada/article-tips-for-managing-anxiety-during-the-covid-19-pandemic/
  4. https://www.theguardian.com/society/2020/mar/16/coronavirus-health-anxiety