How Can I Manage my COVID-Related Anxiety When I Am Out?
First, COVID-19 is definitely anxiety provoking. Many people around the would are worrying about it. The good news is that vaccination campaigns are taking off, and soon, we will be in a much better position than you are now. However, if you are feeling very anxious, there are some things you can do to limit your anxiety when you do go out.
Make Fewer Stops
Combine errands so you can limit your trips. Make sure you have a mask with you that fits. Stay as far as possible from others with you are in the grocery or another big box store.
Here are a few tips that you need to consider.
- Only listen to the most trustworthy sources like the CDC or WHO or your local public health authorities.
- Limit the time watching news. News is depressing, and it won't help your mental state. Spend less time on social media.
- Wear a mask. Wearing a mask protects you and everyone else. Carry more than one mask just in case.
- Keep very few people in your “bubble.” Be strict about your bubble. Your friends and family will understand. Phone them or text them or use video conferencing.
- Remember that you are not alone. Most people are concerned about the coronavirus. This is not just happening to you. It's happening around the world.
- Take hand sanitizer in the car with you so you can disinfect your hands when you return to your car. Make your care your safe space.
- Be aware that things will improve soon—as soon as we plenty of vaccines available for everyone. It won’t be long.
- Take deep breaths or practice a minute or two of mindfulness meditation while you are out to manage any anxiety.
- And slow down on caffeine if you feel anxious. That will only make it worse.
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