Ways To Overcome Covid19 Pandemic Anxiety.
- Is Covid19 making you anxious?
- Are you always worried of contracting it?
- Even if you sneeze you worry if you have Covid19?
If your answer to even one of the questions is yes, then it’s time for you to tackle your Covid19 anxiety. Here are some tips to help you overcome anxiety:
There is a saying “Innocence is Bliss” If only this was true always! Definitely not in case of heath matters. I am not saying you have to dig deep into medical issues.
Don’t create a manhole and fall in it! No! Jokes apart. Start by understanding Covid19. Understand the real symptoms. Let me pen down the most common symptoms so that it gets easier for you.
- Loss of Taste or Smell
- Dry Cough
- Runny Nose
These symptoms should be really persistent. One occurrence here and there does not imply Covid19. So remain aware and track your symptoms. Are they frequent? If yes, only then it is a cause of worry. Else, give your mind a break and smile. (Hyland, P., Shevlin, M., McBride, O., Murphy, J., Karatzias, T., Bentall, R.P., Martinez, A. and Vallières, F., 2020)
Do Regular Tests
Each one of us is required to carry out certain basic tests on a regular basis. All pathology labs and hospitals will have a list of these tests. Carry them out periodically. Again here are some top ones:
- Blood Sugar Fasting
- Serum Creatinine
- Total Cholesterol
- Urine Routine/Microscopy
- Stool Routine/Microscopy
- Chest XRay
I hope and pray that these tests keep your problems at bay! Having said that, preventive healthcare is very important. It helps you nip your problems in a bud both physically and mentally.
Consult A Physician: No amount of words can soothe a troubled mind as much as that of your family doctor. So if you don’t have very good reports at hand and have recurrent symptoms pay a visit to a qualified physician. These days you need not even physically step out. You may as well consider an online consultation.
Now, you can go out without an umbrella assuming it will not rain, can you? You need to prepare for all eventualities. This is true for Covid19 also. Much like the rain, it is very much a part of the environment we live in. It is airborne and you are perennially at the risk of getting infecting. Now, I don’t want to scare you, rather I want to tell you that there is a very simple rule to keep this crazy virus at bay. Wear a mask and wash your hands. So long as you ensure these two precautions you are fairly safe. So don’t falter on these two points.
Yes! There is a queue for the vaccine. Yes, you may feel unsure about taking a jab. The point is why not look at the proof of the pudding? If you look at statistics then actually they are quite good. Serious side effects of the vaccine were reported in just 0.5% if you look at the whole situation from a practical perspective, the probability of contracting the virus is very high so might as well take the vaccination shot.
Sometimes we need expert intervention. A lot of people assume Psychotherapy to be just a conversation or a doctor giving you a listening ear. Actually, there is more to it. While talking and listening are done several techniques are also used to mitigate anxiety. These tips and guidance from a professional can help you understand your mind better.
The biggest problem that the human mind struggles with is challenging itself. You feel anxious then you feel anxious about feeling anxious! Relatable? The mind goes round and round in a vicious cycle. How do you break this cycle? The answer to that is mindfulness. Don’t challenge your thoughts rather accept them. You can also consider listening to sounds from the environment without judging the sounds. It can be children playing or birds cooing. Slowly and steadily your mind will calm down and you will see your anxiety lifting.
There are times when no matter what you do your mind is still stuck in anxious thoughts. No amount of breathing and meditation helps. In this case, the best way out is really being out. Step out closer to nature. Go for a stroll in a park. If you are not a nature lover go out window shopping. If you like to exercise and do Yoga, do that, but do make sure to change your place. Even, something as simple as a balcony or being near a window can help.
This pandemic has certainly changed the way we look at life. It has also given us more time at our hands. From lockdowns to work from home our time spent pie chart has shifted radically. Use this time to pursue that hobby that you have been contemplating all along. So dive right in. A hobby will act as a healthy distraction from anxiety.
Finally, I just have three last words to tell you and they are This Too Shall Pass. Yes. At times we start believing our present is also our future but it is not so. Times change, circumstances change. What goes up goes down and vice versa. So bear in mind you and I both will someday come out of this pandemic and it will just be a chapter in human history!