Anxiety And Covid-19
It’s totally normal for coronavirus to be making your anxiety worse. But that doesn’t make it any less terrifying.
If you suffer with anxiety, then you’ll know how even the smallest things can set it off. So something like a global pandemic is bound to bring about a massive spike in your anxiety levels. The world is changing and change is scary.
Change rattles our sense of security, and there have been some massive changes all over the world. So if your anxiety has skyrocketed, then you’re definitely not alone. In fact, there has been a dramatic increase in anxiety-related prescription requests the world over.
Dealing with anxiety can be difficult at the best of times. But during these stressful times, it can be even harder. Managing your anxiety is a necessary evil and there are a few ways you can do it.
Stay Out Of The Comments Section And Stick To The Facts
Reading the comments section of any Covid-19 related post is a guaranteed way to trigger feelings of anxiety. There are so many “experts,” who claim their cousin’s dog-sitters best friend works for the NHS, and that “we’re all definitely going to die tomorrow.” But we’re not. Stick to stories on trusted news channels and check a few sources before you believe what you read. It’s long winded, but with fake news as rife as it is, it’s just what we have to do now.Accept Your Anxiety
I’m not asking you to embrace it, but just admit that it is causing a problem. Pretending you don’t have anxiety is like someone telling you not to focus on your breathing. It has the absolute opposite effect.
Don’t Be Pill Shamed
If the only thing that keeps your anxiety in check is medication, don’t let anyone make you feel bad about it. These medications have been invented for that purpose, there is no shame at all in needing them or taking them.
Think About How Adaptable You Are
Do you remember when the pandemic first broke out? When social distancing was first introduced? How quickly did that become nothing more than a habit? How quickly did you start sanitising your hands whenever you went anywhere? The point is, you’re adaptable and a hell of a lot stronger than you think you are. You’ve dealt with it so far, you can go the whole way.
Write Down What’s Worrying You
It won’t make it go away, but it will make your thoughts feel a little more organised. Anxiety can make your brain feel scrambled and chaotic. Writing down things that concern you can be a great way to make you feel like you have a little more control.
Anyone with a mental health problem should know the value of a small victory. If you did something despite your anxiety telling you it was a bad idea, you should be immensely proud of yourself. If your brain is constantly screaming at you to “abort mission,” and you overpower it, you’re a champion.
Some Days Are A Write-Off
And that’s okay. You might not feel like it is, but it really is. There will be days when your anxiety will get the better of you. It doesn’t mean you’ve failed. It just means that you couldn’t cope as well as you normally did today.
Take Advantage Of Resources
Whatever help you can get your hands on, use it. Whether it’s therapy or forums or talking it out with a trusted friend. If someone is willing to help, try to let them. I know it’s not always easy to let someone in. But if you’re in a place where you can, let someone help.
Anxiety Isn’t Weakness
And it’s not something to be taken lightly. I see a lot of posts online that say “this picture/post gives me anxiety.” Anxiety isn’t a joke. It is a serious mental health problem that has a hugely negative impact on people’s lives.