As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to wreak havoc globally, it’s expected for people to feel a wide range of feeling like:

  • Stress
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Physical manifestations like increased heart rate, tiredness, among others.
  • Frustration
  • Agitation
  • Insomnia
  • others

This wide range of feelings and thoughts are understandable as the pandemic did some significant damage to the world. The world economy is paused; there has been a significant mortality rate, stoppage on any possible human engagement, and more.

Through these times of uncertainty, it’s important to acknowledge the collective mental health of the world’s population. Because mental health is as important as physical health, we need to observe some coping strategies to fine-tune mental health once again.

Strategies to cope with stress and anxiety

In times of stress and anxiety, we usually can’t control when it’s going to last. Although we can’t control how stress and anxiety will hit us, there are some things that we can control. Below are some of the things that you can do to alleviate or even cope with stress and anxiety:

1) Take the necessary steps to protect yourself and the people around you from the COVID-19 pandemic:

For an added peace of mind, knowing that you’ve done everything you can to prevent contracting COVID-19, do the necessary defensive actions to improve your health. Practice hygiene, self-quarantine, social distancing, eating a balanced diet, and more.

2) Admit to yourself that you’re feeling what you’re feeling right now:

Whatever you’re feeling or thinking right now, reassure yourself that what you’re going through is valid and natural. Allow yourself to acknowledge the fact that you’re having an episode of stress and anxiety. You can do this by talking to your loved ones, journaling, or by doing something creative.

3) Maintain your daily routine:

Do your usual healthy routine. It’ll keep your mind off things and will keep your sanity intact. Basic healthy routines include eating healthy, exercising, sleeping before 11 pm, lounging, watching movies, working, popping your maintenance pills and alternatives like CBD oil, and so on.

This quarantine season, even if you’re limited with the things that you can do, find activities that are good for your soul.

4) Maintain a connection with your loved ones:

The care and support of your peers and family impact your mental health in a positive way. Spending time, even if it’s just a video call, helps a lot in bringing a sense of comfortability and stability in your life. Keep conversing about your woes and thoughts to your loved ones. The mere act of listening to you is such a reassuring thing to witness.

5) Spread love and joy:

Reciprocate the love and support that you’re getting. The act of contributing to a positive cause brings joy and a general sense of positivity in your life. Do things like sending someone a message of hope and affirmation that soon, everything’s going to be just fine.

6) Keep things in perspective:

It’s easy to fall into paranoia these days, but you can shift your thinking from “Am I going to die?” to something logical and positive. Trick your mind into keeping things in perspective.

7) Read accurate information from credible sources:

Avoid fear and unnecessary panic by feeding your paranoia with inaccurate news. Follow credible new and academic sources only. Limit your social media time. The urge to constantly check on the news wouldn’t help with your stress and anxiety.

Not every information plastered in social media sites is real; some are sensationalized and exaggerated.

Reference:

The University of Melbourne. (2020) Coronavirus (COVID-19): managing stress and anxiety. Available at: https://services.unimelb.edu.au/counsel/resources/wellbeing/coronavirus-covid-19-managing-stress-and-anxiety