How Can I Manage my COVID-Related Anxiety When I Am Out?
Anxiety about COVID-19 can result in an emotional toll, especially when you are out of your home. This should not cause you undue stress because you are not powerless. The tips that we will give you in this blog will help with any anxiety you may feel.
Understand your anxiety
We are in the centre of a universal pandemic with many nations and places being shut down, while other areas are struggling to reopen. Some individuals are in places where COVID-19 infection rates are spiking.
Many people are uncertain about how to handle this monster called coronavirus when they are out. There are many things that you can do to overcome your anxiety.
Stay connected to the world news but don’t watch it obsessively. It is important to stay connected to the local news, particularly about the COVID cases in your area so that you can know how to react. However, don’t overdo the news. For some, watching a lot of news just makes them more stressed. Take a break from news if needed.
Here are a few tips that you need to consider.
- Listen to trustworthy sources such as the CDC, the WHO, and the local public health authorities.
- Limit the intervals that you watch for the updates: Regular watching of news and social media feeds can fuel your anxiety especially when you are out of your home.
- Ask someone you trust about important updates: You need to ask an individual whom you trust about major updates you need to know.
- Wear a mask. Wearing a mask protects you and everyone else.
- Keep very few people in your “bubble.”
- Communicate with people on the phone or via text or instant messaging or video conferencing instead of in person, whenever possible.
- Remember that you are not alone. Most people are concerned about the coronavirus.
- Be aware that things will improve soon—as soon as we have a vaccine. 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.
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