Strategies for Managing Anxiety during Covid-19
We are in unprecedented times, with every day bringing additional grim news reports about the number of new coronavirus cases and the loss of life. Our politicians and chief medical officers are doing incredible work in attempting to control the spread of COVID-19, including putting forward guidelines for hand washing, social and physical distancing, suggestions to work at home if possible, and sharply restricting the size of gatherings. These public health guidelines are necessary to control the spread of COVID-19. But we are all social creatures by nature. And following these public health guidelines has resulted in decreased social interaction and has had a negative impact on mental health for many people – especially those suffering from anxiety disorders. With this in mind, what follows are some suggestions to help you adhere to public health guidelines, while still attending to your mental health and overall well-being during the COVID-19 pandemic. You will also find strategies for those coping with specific anxiety disorders, including health anxiety and agoraphobia.
How to Manage Anxiety During Covid-19
Put Structure into Your Day
The COVID-19 crisis has forced many Maltese to alter the structure of our days, which can cause heightened anxiety for those with and without anxiety disorders. If you have unfortunately been laid off, were unemployed prior to the onset of this crisis, or are now working
Don’t Shut Yourself Away
Of course, if you have been travelling, are experiencing symptoms or you have been in close contact with someone who is showing symptoms, or been diagnosed with COVID-19, you do need to completely self-isolate for 14 days.
Find Ways to Communicate
Most human beings need to spend time in the company of other people. Staying connected and interacting with others is therefore an important way to maintain good mental health. However, the recommendations to stay home run
Get Active to Ease Anxiety
It is well known that exercise helps regulate mood in addition to the obvious cardiovascular benefits. As long as you are not required to self-isolate, exercising outside, if you are able, is highly recommended. Go for a run, a bike ride, a hike or a walk.
Are You Appropriately or Excessively Concerned About Covid-19
OCD & Contamination Fears
COVID-19 is a serious threat and we need to be concerned and do our civic duty to prevent the spread of it. Distinguishing between appropriate concern and excessive anxiety can be tricky. Let the public health recommendations guide your behaviour.
Anxiety Disorder & Fear of Uncertainty
Right now we are living in a time of great uncertainty. We don’t know what the future holds for our health, the health of our families, or our economic well-being. The extent of this uncertainty can be very frightening and anxiety provoking, and can
Focus on What You Are Able to Control
We are normally quite fortunate to be living in a society where we enjoy freedom of movement and have many options at hand for how to spend our time. Each day in this current crisis brings additional restrictions with multiple cancellations of cultural
Compassion with Yourself & Others
Dealing with the current crisis and the fear of the uncertainty regarding what lies ahead is difficult. We are all in the same big lifeboat. Be compassionate with yourself as you navigate anxiety and mental health during COVID-19.
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