Anxiety is our body’s natural response to any stressful situation. Whenever we feel overwhelmed, we tend to worry and a feeling of fear takes over. However, this fear and worry is important for us to be able to take over the difficult task effectively. Anxiety is a feeling which is heightened in times of uncertainty, as our body tries to cope with the new challenges that it has to face.
The COVID-19 pandemic took the world by storm, with people having to make major changes to their normal lifestyle in order to adjust into this new environment. Feelings of anxiety in such a situation are completely understandable. Worrying about your own health, worrying about other family members who may have fallen sick, being extra careful about maintaining cleanliness all the time - these are just some of the many daily tensions that the pandemic has added on top of the pre-existing mountain of worries most people have.
The uncertainty surrounding the virus is one of the most stressful things that has been gripping everyone’s minds. But in these times of uncertainty, there are things we can do to keep our mind from going into spirals.
- Know Your Triggers
Is there, for example, a certain kind of news or information that sends your mind into a whirl? Identify anxiety triggers and try to distance yourself from them. This will allow you to stop yourself from unnecessary panic.
- Do Not Panic; Take Action
Instead of worrying, try to focus more on taking action to end the source of your worries. However, not all situations may allow you to do so, and you need to realise that what is out of your hand is out of your hand. Building realistic expectations for yourself in terms of what you can do is also extremely important.
- Focus on the Present
Do not go searching into the past. Instead, focus on what is in the present. Try practising meditation and deep breathing to help yourself focus and bring yourself back to what is happening in the moment.
- Stay Connected (while being socially distanced)
Even if you are currently isolated or alone, do not worry. Try to keep yourself connected to your friends and family through digital mediums. Talking to your loved ones will help you keep yourself in loop with the outside world while you safely get better and get ready for stepping out again .
- Take Care of Yourself
Drink enough water, get enough sleep, eat healthy, and take care of yourself. When you are healthy and active, you will be able to think more clearly and it will be easier to navigate through the anxiety and stress.
Still struggling to keep your mind on track? Try reaching out to a mental health professional and talk to them about your worries. Stay calm and stay safe!