7 Steps to Cope with Coronavirus Anxiety
Authorities warned us months ago that we all needed to stay home and avoid contact with other people to stop the spread. We hunkered down and businesses shut down. The impact of coronavirus has been widespread. Millions of people have lost their jobs, and even now millions more are unsure of their futures. Even as we try to do our best to help fight the effects of the disease, most of us are still experiencing some level of anxiety and stress as a result. Whether you’ve lost your job, know someone who has lost their job, or worse knows someone who has fallen ill or died from Coronavirus, we have to fight the urge to give in to anxiety and let it take over our lives. Coping with anxiety is important now more than ever, and there are things you can do to manage stress during coronavirus. You can take these steps with you even after the pandemic is over to deal with whatever challenges come your way.
Have a Financial Plan
One of the biggest sources of stress tied to any emergency is financial exposure. Too many Americans don’t have enough savings to get them through any sort of disaster or loss of income. Worrying about money, especially if you have children or any sort of dependents, can be very stressful. Act now to develop a financial plan and do what you can to build financial reserves so you aren’t left worrying when adversity comes.
Manage Your Information Intake
Staying up to date on the latest news and medical advice is great. Taking in too much, though, can overload your emotional state and trigger anxiety. You have to pay attention and recognize when you’re spending too much time on social media or watching cable news all day. Allocate a set time to coronavirus updates and keep yourself to it. You’ll feel less stress and avoid the toxicity on social media.
Stay away from large crowds to avoid coronavirus-related anxiety. When you’re stuck in a large group of people, even if they’re social distancing and wearing masks, can make you nervous. Limit your time outdoors to necessities and stay inside.
Stay in Touch with Friends and Family
Many people are struggling with the solitude of self-quarantine, going weeks and months without seeing anyone else. That can get old quickly, and if you’re prone to anxiety, you could find yourself depressed and alone. It’s a vicious cycle that can trigger more anxiety and thus more depression. Stay in close contact with friends and family, over the phone or video chat to stay connected.
Pay attention to your diet during coronavirus. Taking in healthy foods and avoiding foods high in sugar will help regulate your mood and steer clear of anxiety. Eat a lot of vegetables and fruit. Cook at home whenever you can. You’ll feel the satisfaction of learning to cook and you’ll be eating healthier to avoid anxiety.
Think About Other Health Boosts
Think outside the box when it comes to your anxiety-fighting approach to coronavirus. One of the future medical possibilities you may have is peptides. Selank, a peptide developed in Russia, had some promising results in tests done on rats. In clinical studies on the rats, Selank peptide was found to help memory and learning, as well as improve mood, reduce anxiety, and lower stress levels. Even though there are no results yet related to human use of Selank, the peptide results point to exciting potential developments in the future.
Staying fit during coronavirus is certainly a challenge with gyms closed all over the country. That doesn’t mean there are no options. If you’ve never been a solo exerciser, now is your chance. Try as many different activities as you can like running, cycling, weightlifting, or hiking. You’ll find something you love to do even after the pandemic is over.