Up until the last 3 months, most Americans never even heard of coronavirus. However, since 2020, and the sudden outbreak of the coronavirus in China, this virus is now a word that is heard in nearly every household. With the US currently serving as the highest outbreak of coronavirus cases in the world, (including highest death rates), it’s no wonder that most people are experiencing at least some level of anxiety related to it. If this is you, these tips can help.
Keep it in perspective. The fact of the matter is, coronavirus makes all of us uncomfortable. It’s a virus that’s going around, that’s new, and we don’t have a cure for it. That scares the mess out of most of us. But the good news is, healthcare providers are not sitting around idly waiting for a solution to this problem. To the contrary, healthcare providers are working around the clock to identify a cure. Take comfort in knowing that your fears are noted, and efforts are being made to find a solution quickly.
Monitor your social media intake. Social media can be comforting in a time of social distancing. After all, it provides an opportunity for a break from the day-to-day stress that you are likely experiencing. However, when social media is used as the primary resource for getting information about coronavirus, as well as other important issues, you can find yourself misinformed and underprepared. The fact of the matter is, social media is not the most ideal place to get factual information, as anybody can write anything and post anything that they want to on their wall. Furthermore, a lot of the information that is posted on social media is more for entertainment purposes as opposed to educational purposes. For this reason, you have to guard what you read about coronavirus and other important issues when you get them from social media.
Stay abreast with facts. The truth is, the most factual information that you will get will come from the Center for Disease Control. If you are concerned about the virus, it’s best to get factual information from a resource like this, which is composed of medical professionals and scientists who are the most informed about the topic. It may be attempting to avoid the truth when you are in an anxious state, but it’s better to know what’s going on based off of fact, then experience anxiety based off of lack of knowledge or misinformation..
Avoid hypochondriacs or people who are overly anxious about health-related issues. By surrounding yourself with people who are anxious about health-related concerns, you increase the propensity for you to also experienced these anxiety-provoking challenges. Like attracts like, so it’s only a matter of time before you will begin to also believe what the people around you believe, even if it’s negative. Stay focused on things that will fuel you in the direction, and not add negativity to an already stressful and anxiety-provoking situation.
Take care of your physiological needs. Eat nutritious meals and try to exercise for at least 30 minutes daily. Also, try to get 7 and 1/2 to 8 hours of sleep per night.
If you continue to feel anxious about coronavirus, know that it is it normal to be concerned about something that could affect you that you cannot control. Count to 10 and take deep breaths when feeling overwhelmed with these thoughts. Give yourself grace, patience, and understanding.
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