Managing Anxiety About Coronavirus
There is only one topic being discussed wherever you go— the advent of the novel coronavirus, COVID-19. The potential spread of this disease is especially relevant in Texas, which has already experienced several cases.
With all of this discussion about COVID-19, individuals may be experiencing an increase in symptoms of anxiety and stress. They may even be confused about what they should do. We have compiled some helpful tips for coping with both anxiety and the coronavirus.
Turning to the Right Organizations
We often turn to the news during times of crises, but these news organizations sometimes have an agenda. They rely on working up people’s emotions so that people continue to tune in, raising the program’s ratings and ad revenue.
One way to do this is to make stories more dramatic than they are or even present facts out of context. This creates half-truths, at times, that can then get shared across social media, compounding anxiety and fear.
It is important to turn to fact-based organizations when looking for tips and data on COVID-19. In addition to LifeStance Health, you can rely on:
Turning to these organizations can provide you with accurate information and the right tips for protecting yourself and your loved ones.
Getting Peace of Mind through Preparation
Making adequate preparations is a good way to calm your anxieties. Taking some basic steps can limit your chances of getting exposed to the disease, as well.
First and foremost, you need to wash your hands on a regular basis and do so quite thoroughly. It is important, too, to ensure that your children understand handwashing protocols during this time.
By making sure that you and your family are washing hands regularly, you can help slow the spread of the disease while protecting your own health and well-being. Authorities still do not know if people without symptoms can spread the disease, so make sure to wash your hands even if you are not sick.
No Need to Panic
There have been many stories out there of people rushing to stores to stock up on supplies. Making preparations is a good idea, but no one should do so in a way that makes stress and anxiety even worse. Take the following simple steps to prepare:
- Maintain 14-day supplies of household necessities, such as:
- Baby care supplies
- Food for pets
- Prescription medications
- Disinfectants and hand soaps
- Cold and flu medication
- Put together a household emergency plan, including:
- Where to go in case of illness
- A quarantine room for a sick family member
- Care plan for kids potentially home from closed schools
- Put together a work plan, too, including:
- Plan for working remotely
- Budget plan, if you don’t get a paycheck for a few weeks
Getting ready does not mean that we are all headed for a worst case pandemic scenario. It is easy for people who experience anxiety to imagine worst case scenarios when making such preparations. It is important to remember that they are mutually exclusive. If you are feeling anxious …
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We can help you with your anxiety during these times. LifeStance Health can help you with stress, anxiety, and more. Get in touch with our team and schedule a time to speak with one of our counselors.