Coping with Coronavirus Anxiety

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By Guest Author
Posted by: Roo Kailey

If you’re not sure how to handle the onslaught of news and shared stress about the coronavirus—you’re definitely not alone. It’s a very unusual and unprecedented situation that we find ourselves in, and with things changing every day, it’s perfectly normal to feel a little overwhelmed.

To help navigate both mentally and physically during these difficult times, read our tips below on how to manage your anxiety surrounding COVID-19.

Be Mindful about Media

Set boundaries with your media consumption. While it’s important to be in the know, constantly obsessing over the news will only heighten your sense of fear. Try turning your notifications off from time to time and try a mindfulness app to reduce stress and calm nerves. 

Connect With Your Loved Ones

Check in with the people you love and come up with a plan to stay connected. Isolation does not have to be disconnection. 

Maintain a Positive Attitude

Resilience doesn’t mean you have a positive feeling about every negative situation. It means that despite something going wrong you believe you can and will do your best to deal with the situation and move forward. Engage in distracting and pleasant activities that you may be able to do alone, or with your loved ones either at home or from a distance. 

Remember What You Can Control

Don’t let what you can’t control, control you. Focusing on that which you have no control over will leave you feeling frustrated and exhausted. There are certain circumstances or decisions that are not in your power to control. Let go of them. Doing so will help you move on and focus your energy more positively. Instead, focus on things you can control, even things that are unrelated to the illness, like an easy work task, will lower your stress reaction. 

Keep a Routine

This includes self-care measures, such as making sure you eat healthfully, get enough sleep, exercise and get outdoors. Going outside and getting fresh air is important for your mental health, and it can be done while still keeping a safe distance from others. 

It’s Okay to be Worried

Know that while it’s normal to be anxious during a pandemic, there are always resources that are available for those who are experiencing stress.

For counselling inquiries to help you deal with the financial or emotional impact of COVID-19, please contact 1-855-986-4766. 

Watch the webinar from Morneau Shepell about emotional wellbeing during COVID-19 here