How To Deal With Anxiety Caused By CoronavirusJun 15, 2020
A deadly pandemic. Lockdown. Restrictions on seeing friends and family. Regardless of your regular mental state, who wouldn’t be affected by such challenges? It’s fair to say that coronavirus has drastically affected us all to some degree. It’s been a very stressful and difficult time, and it’s likely many people have experienced a change in their mental health as a result. As well as depression, anxiety is a very common condition. If you are experiencing anxiety because of coronavirus, you are not alone.
Anxiety can have a range of debilitating symptoms, which the NHS state are as follows:
- a noticeably strong, fast or irregular heartbeat (palpitations)
- muscle aches and tension
- trembling or shaking
- dry mouth
- excessive sweating
- shortness of breath
- stomach ache
- feeling sick
- pins and needles
- difficulty falling or staying asleep (insomnia)
Coronavirus And Anxiety
Whether you have never experienced anxiety before, or if the recent situation has flared up existing symptoms, either is perfectly understandable. After all, we are in a situation that for the most part, we cannot control (other than following government guidelines). A world pandemic is something that none of us has lived through before, at least not to this scale. More to the point, for most people, it’s a frightening and stressful time. So, it’s plausible that you may be feeling different to usual.
How To Deal With Anxiety
By reading this post you’ve already acknowledged your anxiety which is a great first step in dealing with it. Feelings of anxiety can be lessened in many different ways. For mild anxiety, meditation or talking your worries through with friends and family can be helpful. In some cases, anxiety can be caused or made worse by a lack of sleep, which is why exercise and meditation are so commonly recommended.
If your anxiety has become particularly bothersome, in addition to lifestyle changes you might also want to consider professional help in the form of therapy or consulting your GP. Sometimes a fresh (and neutral!) perspective can help you view situations differently. Developing coping strategies can be hugely beneficial, regardless of your anxiety triggers. In terms of anxiety specifically brought on by coronavirus (catching it and worrying about others), we all need to find a way to deal with it positively. So it’s good to be mindful of your mental health, especially during this time.
Your Next Steps
While there are many ways we are restricted, it’s always helpful to find things you can concentrate on instead. In a previous post, I mentioned 15 ways to get through the Covid-19 lockdown. Even if you are reading this post long after lockdown has ended, it’s still worth trying some of these ideas. The main points are to fill your time with positive activities, to challenge yourself as well as giving yourself something to look forward to. Keeping in touch with friends and family is also important, especially if you are struggling.
Therapy For Anxiety
Need further help with your anxiety? I am currently running virtual sessions for my clients, including those looking to reduce their anxiety. Please get in touch with any issues you are experiencing, and I will do my best to help. Talking about anxiety with a professional can be hugely beneficial, especially compared with suffering in silence. If you are reading this and are also struggling to sleep, you may benefit from the Paula Meir’s Hypnosis. Now with 50% off when you use the code CALMANDPEACE50.
I hope the above has been useful if you are suffering from anxiety caused by coronavirus. Be sure to reach out if you need any further help or support!