As we stand together in this turbulent and unprecedented moment in time, it is inevitable to feel a new level of stress, anxiety, boredom sadness or frustration. It is important to remember that it is OK to feel this way. We are feeling it, too.
To help you deal with the uncertainty in a positive way, we wanted to be sure you have some tips that could help you improve your mental health and well-being if you are worried or anxious about the coronavirus outbreak.
Engage in positive self-talk
Spending hours on listening and reading about any coronavirus updates is very likely to make us feel worried and scared. Instead of this, it would be good to talk to yourself in a calm and friendly way. Just remind yourself of all the positive memories that you’ve experienced in your life (write them down if you like) and that all this situation is temporary.
You can try the following examples if you like:
“I am here and I am ok”
“I am strong and I will get through this”
Maintain connections as much as you can
As human beings, we need connection with other people in order to maintain healthy relationships especially if we are in isolation. Please keep the connection with friends and family members as much as you can. Some ways to do this are via video calls, texts or calls. This will help you to maintain a healthy self-esteem.
Take deep breaths
It might sound a simple solution when we are under stress, but a slow and deep breath can be an effective way to give to your parasympathetic system a start-up message to calm your body and mind down. This exercise will bring you a sense of relaxation.
You can try it at your own pace following these exercise tips:
- Take a deep breath from either nose or mouth for 4 seconds
- Keep your breath for 7 seconds
- Breath out slowly for 8 seconds
- Repeat as many times as you feel comfortable.
Put a stop to your catastrophic thinking
Being concerned about the news and COVID-19 is understandable, but for many people it can make existing mental health issues worse. If you notice you have a catastrophic thought, just remember that it is just “a thought” and that your brain creates it, which makes you feel stressed and worried. The only thing that is for sure is that it is not “a fact”.
Staying healthy and happy during the COVID-19 pandemic is a challenge for everyone, but using these tips along with eating healthily, cutting down on caffeine and exercising regularly are a simple yet effective way to reduce your anxiety and boost your mood.