Coronavirus (COVID-19) is a global pandemic with a disturbing prospect. The vaccine is expected to be created not earlier than in 2021, while the statistics shows that the mortality rate for individuals over 50 is quite significant. On the other hand, 80% of cases are mild and people under 50 have a low mortality rate (0.2%). To slow the progression of coronavirus it’s necessary to pay attention to recommendations of Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Obviously, COVID-19 causes excessive anxiety among most people. Serious concerns may affect all the areas of our life: relationships, quality of life and even health. Thus, it’s essential to cope with stress and tension caused by spreading virus to maintain good health and psychological well-being.
Given the current circumstances, individuals struggling with coronavirus anxiety should consider tips listed below to cope with excessive worrying.
Don’t read too much news about coronavirus
This is easier said than done. Of course, you need to be aware of how the situation develops to take smart actions and be safe. But if you read news headlines over and over again to give yourself a sense of control, you are just stoking the fires of your anxiety.
Exposing yourself to disturbing news all the time doesn’t help to deal with the global problem. The best you can do is to follow the recommendations of healthcare professionals and release stress.
Let go of what you can’t control
Basically, you cannot completely control if you get infected with a virus or not. What you can really do is to reduce the risk by following doctors’ recommendations. If you stick to instructions given by healthcare institutions, you should be calm knowing that you’ve done what is up to you keep yourself healthy. You can significantly lessen the risk of coronavirus by just avoiding crowds, washing hands frequently and keeping them away from face.
Try not to engage in ‘safety behaviors’ that increases anxiety
‘Safety behaviors’ are actions that you do to feel safe and avoid anxiety. In reality they don’t make you any safer but maintain your fears in the long run. Safety behaviors may include avoidance, distractions and constant checking. A good example of safety behaviors is frequent medical check-ups for slight physical symptoms. In terms of coronavirus, preventative mask-wearing is another safety behavior. The CDC argues that it doesn’t help to keep germs out when you’re in public places. Even worse that people touch their face more when having a mask on, which increases the risk of contracting the virus.
Try mindfulness meditation to reduce nervousness
While we aren’t able to control the number of anxiety stimuli in our life, we can choose how to react to them. Psychologists say that one of the most effective ways to cope with anxiety is mindfulness meditation. Bringing awareness to the emotions and feelings helps to relate differently to unpleasant experiences and overcome them.
During the coronavirus epidemic, it’s essential to be careful and cautious. But once you take all the precautionary measures, what’s left to do is to take a deep breath and calm down. Being alert all the the time can wear you down both emotionally and physically. Taking care of yourself and managing anxiety are the best things you can do during the time of heightened stress. Although we cannot choose how coronavirus influences the society, we can choose our emotional responding.