Top Tips To Manage Anxiety During COVID-19

Thursday, June 18, 2020

The current health situation is stressful for anyone, but if you already struggle with anxiety, things are even worse. If you’re finding COVID-19 or having to live in quarantine is making your anxiety worse, or you’re experiencing anxiety for the first time, don’t panic. You’re not alone in feeling more worried than usual and there are things that you can do to manage it, even with more to worry about.
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Make your home as relaxing as possible. If you can turn your home into an oasis of calm, you might feel less stressed out. What do you find calming? Light scented candles, make things cosy, and fill your home with things you love, to help being there all the time feel like a treat and not stressful.

Ask for help. If you’re finding to hard to cope, you can seek online counselling through a service like PsyCare telehealth services. You can also talk to your loved ones about how you feel. Chances are, some of them will be feeling more anxious too, so you can support each other and talk about how you feel.

Take media breaks. If you find that every time you watch the news, you feel upset and anxious, take a break from it. While it is important to stay informed, engaging less with the news might help you to feel a little less anxious all the time. Take a social media break if you feel pressured by seeing what other people are achieving doing quarantine, and to tune out some of the noise about the scary world situation.

Maintain a routine. Chances are, your routine has had to change. Try to find a new routine and stick to it, to help maintain a sense of normality. If you find yourself missing your commute, get up at the same time you would as if you were still commuting, and do what you would on your commute, like make yourself a nice coffee, read a book, or listen to a podcast. Eat meals at your normal time, and try to keep with your exercise routine. Replace your gym trip with a job or YouTube exercise videos. Wake up and go to bed at the same sort of time every day.

Take care of your home. If you’re going to spend all your time in your home, you will find it less stressful to be there if it is a nice place to be. If you’re stressed out, it can be easy to let things cleaning and tidying to get on top of you, but try to keep things clean and tidy. When you venture out to buy essentials, maybe treat yourself to some fresh flowers as well, so you can bring them home and enjoy them. If you’ve been meaning to get round to jobs like clearing out the loft, repainting the lounge, or deep-cleaning the kitchen, and haven’t had time, maybe lockdown is your perfect excuse to finally get these tasks done, and make your home even nicer.

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