How to Deal with COVID-19 Anxiety

The Coronavirus is causing a lot of fear and anxiety amongst people. Some people already suffer from anxiety and are now going into panic mode because of the uncertainty of this virus. Others are experiencing anxiety for the first time and are unsure of how to handle this new stress. This article will provide information on anxiety and how to handle it during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Anxiety is defined as “a feeling of worry, nervousness, or unease, typically about an imminent event or something with an uncertain outcome.’’

Further, some of the well known symptoms of anxiety include:

- Feeling restless or tense

- Having an increased heart rate

- Breathing rapidly

- Sweating

- Feeling weak

- Trembling

- Avoiding places or things that trigger anxiety

- Constant worrying

- Difficulty sleeping

- Difficulty concentrating

If these symptoms are familiar, you may have an anxiety disorder. Please talk to your doctor about how you are feeling so that they can direct you to proper resources. In the meantime, here are some tips for elevating some of the Coronavirus worry.

Follow the guidelines set by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Their website is: Some of the guidelines that the CDC placed on their website to protect yourself from the virus are:

  • Clean your hands often

It is necessary to wash hands with soap and water as often as possible, after being in public places, or after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing.

  • Use hand sanitizer

Water and soap are the best option for hand cleansing. However, if you don't have access to water and soap, use a hand sanitizer that has 60% alcohol.

  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth

Teach your children to not touch those areas as well unless they have thoroughly cleaned their hands.

  • Social distancing

Put as much distance as possible between yourself and others. Don't go out unless necessary. Use pick up and delivery options when available to avoid going into stores.

  • Stay home if you're sick

It's really simple. If you are not feeling well, stay home. Avoid going out because you will infect others. Wear a mask in your home to avoid infecting your family members.