With the outbreak and rising numbers of coronavirus cases across the world, people are becoming more and more worried about being exposed and also exposing others to it.
Speaking from someone with a diagnosis of extreme anxiety and as someone who struggles with health anxiety I can tell you that this outbreak has really scared me. I get anxious as the thought of being ill and also go into panic when my family become ill. So I wanted to share with you some tips and advice about mental wellbeing during this outbreak and process.
Tips for your mental wellbeing during the Covid19 outbreak
- Limit your exposure to social media feeds about the topic of the virus and government unless necessary to get updates.
- Talk to someone you can trust about how you feel with your anxieties surrounding the virus and current situation. There are also helplines out there to talk to you about the worries and troubles you’re facing.
- Working from home if possible or talking to your work about your worries surrounding health and any implications you may face.
- Talking to a professional or looking on the official websites to get accurate information on the virus, symptoms, updates and lifestyle changes surrounding the virus so you can be fed proper info and avoid any incorrect information causing further worry. I know that when in doubt and my anxiety soars through the roof, I need to hear the facts and figures from professionals. Sometimes debunking myths can really aid health anxiety and lead to a better mental wellbeing.
- Find your own ways of feeling secure such as using hand gel, wipes, having a specific routine each day and wearing protective gear if possible.
- Self isolating if possible to dull your chances of exposure or risk. While this may seem like a difficult task, especially if you like getting out, now is the chance to arm yourself with supplies and tasks to occupy your mind. If you need a pile of books to distract you, or there are courses you have wanted to take, now is the perfect opportunity for healthy distraction. Taking the opportunity to order a new set of glasses from a site like Eyeglasses.com and getting to grips with learning material makes it an investment, one that will make all the difference if you struggle to stay indoors.
- Take your mind off of things by practising a favourite hobby or putting your time and effort into a project like blogging, knitting, crafting, baking or even self care routines. Turning a negative into a positive always helps me cope.
- Take care of your health by keeping a healthy balanced diet, taking vitamins, sleeping well and looking after yourself in general.
- Not panicking (as silly as this sounds) and trying to keep everything in perspective. An anxious mind can be detrimental to your physical health.
- Get yourself some paracetomal, vapour rub and headache aids such as head rub, strips and even herbal remedies as well as essential oils to ease anxiety and headache. Stock up but try not to overdo it and panic buy as it is a vicious cycle
I want you to keep in mind that although we may not want to hear it, the truth is far better than any sugar coated information fed through unreliable sources. Incorrect information can cause more anxiety than not. Truth may be hard to hear at times but it is best to keep ourselves clued up from reliable sources.
Keep yourself safe, well and positive and out of anyone elses vicious cycles. Do what’s best for your own wellbeing mentally and physically.