In these times of crisis when we are hit hard by Coronavirus (Covid 19) Pandemic, it is important to stay calm and practise social distancing. But with rising number of Coronavirus cases every single day, it is important to know how to manage anxiety disorders during Covid 19. In this post you’ll find tips from experts to cope with Anxiety during Coronavirus (Covid 19).
New cases of Covid-19 are being reported every single day while out healthcare professionals are trying their best to treat the patients, working day and night. But this pandemic doesn’t seem to slow down and it is causing anxiety issues among people. A New York Times report says, “U.S. has now most number of confirmed Coronavirus (Covid-19) cases that any other country with a total of 85,000 as of now”. But these numbers will definitely go down and end of Coronavirus pandemic is near according to Michael Levitt, a Nobel laureate and Stanford biophysicist. Experts have different opinions about Coronavirus but one things is for sure that if we stay calm, stay inside and practise social distancing, we can slow down the rate at which the infection is spreading. Let’s find out how to cope with Anxiety during Coronavirus (Covid-19) and what experts are suggesting?
Here are some tips from the Medical experts to help you deal with anxiety of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19):
Think about mental health as part of the public health response
Aiysha Malik, a Technical Officer at the World Health Organization’s Mental Health and Substance Use Department, explained, “People who might be vulnerable to experiencing stress during this time might include people who have preexisting mental health conditions, or substance use conditions, or who might represent other vulnerable groups. We’re not just talking about protection from COVID-19, but we’re also talking about prevention of stress and fear during this event.”
Shift narratives away from number of deaths toward number of recoveries
Ken Carswell, Technical Officer, World Health Organization, said, “We need to shift narratives away from number of deaths toward number of recoveries.”
“Additionally, the negative effects of stigmatizing language – such as attaching region or ethnicity to the virus or blaming people for transmission – exacerbate the sense of fear at a macro level. Journalists, news outlets and everyday citizens can help to increase hope and allay fear by being cognizant of the language they use in speaking about COVID-19.”
Psychiatrist on how to handle coronavirus anxiety
Work on a Strategy for day-to-day living and think about how to protect yourself and from spreading the infection in the community
Joshua Gordon, a neuroscientist and psychiatrist who is the director of the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), told Washington Post that, having conversations with your family about what they can do to protect themselves and also what they can do to stay active, physically and socially, can be therapeutic in and of itself.
Limit your Media Exposure and Wash your Hands
Julie Pike, a clinical psychologist in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, who specializes in anxiety disorders, told BusinessInsider, “The best thing we can do is make sure to wash our hands, and protect ourselves as we would with any other virus, she said, like by also avoiding people who seem sick. While it is fine to have a general idea of what is happening, especially if you live near an area with high concentration of cases, it’s important to limit media exposure, particularly from undocumented or potentially unreliable sources.”
Reframe the Situation
Psychologist Dr Aarti Gupta at the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, says, “Doing one productive thing per day can lead to a more positive attitude.”
“Set your sights on long-avoided tasks, reorganize, or create something you’ve always wanted to.”
You can also refer to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America Page for helpful resources and tips to cope with Anxiety during Coronavirus (Covid-19).
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Practise Yoga and Meditation at Home
The Harvard Medical School said in its latest health guideline that, yoga, meditation and controlled breathing are “some tried and true ways to relax”.
John Sharp, a board-certified psychiatrist on the faculty at Harvard Medical School and the David Geffen School of Medicine at University of California, Los Angeles, says, “Regular meditation is very calming. Many apps teach simple forms of meditation, such as Headspace or Calm.“
We request everyone to stay calm and stay inside to help prevent spreading of the Coronavirus infections. We hope the above tips from Experts to cope with Anxiety during Coronavirus will help you stay relaxed and manage your day-to-day life in a better way.
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