How To Deal With Covid 19 Anxiety
Anxiety may be a sense of worry, nervousness, or unease about something with an uncertain outcome.
Anxiety are often normal in stressful situations such as oral presentation or taking a test. Anxiety is
merely an indicator of underlying disease when feelings become excessive, all-consuming and interfere
with daily living.
Covid 19 is highly a contributing factor to anxiety since it has resulted in many changes in our every day
life activities like curfews, travel restrictions , loss of jobs and in worse cases loss of loved ones and
Stress can cause the following:
Feelings of fear, anger, sadness, worry, numbness, or frustration
Changes in appetite, energy, desires, and interests
Difficulty concentrating and making decisions
Difficulty sleeping or nightmares
Physical reactions, like headaches, body pains, stomach problems, and skin rashes
Worsening of psychological problems
Worsening of mental health conditions
Increased use of tobacco, alcohol, and other substances
It is natural to feel stress, anxiety, grief, and worry during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Below are ways you
will be able to help yourself, others, and your community manage stress.
Healthy Ways to Cope with Stress
Take breaks from watching, reading, or listening to news stories, including those on social media. It’s
good to be informed, but hearing about the pandemic constantly can be upsetting. Consider limiting
news to just a couple times a day and disconnecting from phone, tv, and computer screens for a while.
Instead one can get into other engaging activities like reading books, watching nature, listening to
podcasts or even engaging in hobbies example cooking or carpentry or crafting.
Take care of your body.
Take deep breaths, stretch, or meditate.
Try to eat healthy, well-balanced meals.
Get plenty of sleep for 8-9 hours.
Avoid excessive alcohol, tobacco, and substance use.
Continue with routine preventive measures (such as vaccinations, cancer screenings, etc.) as
recommended by your healthcare provider.
Get vaccinated with a COVID-19 vaccine when available.
Connect with your community- or faith-based organizations. While social distancing measures are in
place, try connecting online, through social media, or by phone or mail.