Tips on Handling Your Anxiety During the Coronavirus Outbreak
Before I begin, I want to disclaim that I am not a medical health professional. While my undergraduate degree is in Psychology, I have never practiced psychology. I do however have generalized anxiety disorder, depression, ADHD, and PTSD. I have suffered from anxiety since I was a teenager. While I would never give medical advice, I do feel I am in a position to give tips on handling anxiety – or at least what has worked for me in hopes that it may help someone else.
Generalized anxiety disorder involves persistent and excessive worry that interferes with daily activities. Ongoing worry and the resulting tension is often, but not always, accompanied by physical symptoms including restlessness, fatigue, difficulty concentrating, muscle tension, and sleeping problems.
If you suffer from generalized anxiety like I do or another anxiety disorder, you’re probably either:
- Handling this whole situation a lot better than most because you’re already in a constant state of worry or…
- Your anxiety is at an all-time high.
I feel as though I keep bouncing between the two.
However, you don’t have to have an anxiety disorder to feel anxiety. Anxiety itself is still a valid feeling and emotion.
And, a large part of anxiety comes from a sense of being out of control of how we think things should be. Therefore, with everything happening with the Coronavirus, or specifically COVID-19, it is understandable that many are feeling large amounts of anxiety either about:
- your health or the health of your loved ones.
- financial insecurity.
- social media overload.
- feeling helpless.
All of these things alone are cause for anxiety, but add them all together and it’s a recipe for concern.
In times like these, mental health can and will suffer – at least for many of us.
And, anxiety presents itself in many different ways and is definitely an individualized expression. Some may find themselves more irritable than usual and find yourself snapping at loved ones. Some may find themselves feeling sad and helpless which leads to feelings of depression. Some may lose all motivation and focus. Some may obsess over current events.