In our current situation with covid-19, the potential negative consequences of infection are exponentially worse than ordinary consequences
Anxiety is a mental health concern wherein an individual experiences excessive worry about a variety of topics, events, or activities. Given the nature of the disorder, a pandemic crisis will impact those with anxiety. Anxiety is one of the most common mental health concerns to experience and like most mental health diagnoses it functions on a spectrum, therefore the degree to which the covid-19 will impact individuals with Anxiety will vary.
In our current situation with covid-19, the potential negative consequences of infection are exponentially worse than ordinary consequences. Individuals who are triggered might experience panic attacks and anxiety attacks. In an attempt to control the contamination, they can develop obsessive-compulsive behaviors and experience mood swings as a by-product of their anxiety.
Below are a few simple steps to assist with anxiety Covid-19 triggers:
1. Try identifying the anxious thought
Label it as anxiety and not fact. This is the first step to move past it.
2. Filter your social media
Ensure that you get your news from verified sources and remember WhatsApp is not a verified source. Being in a negative headspace can have an impact on your immunity. Therefore, it is important to attempt to manage your anxious thoughts.
3. Focus on the things you do know
For example: "I know that the virus is not lethal for everyone and taking basic precautions can help prevent contamination". Focus on the facts.
4. Change your focus
Watch something that you find relaxing, go for a walk (this could just be under your building if nothing else), and spend time playing board games. Distract yourself.
5. Speak to your psychologist
If you are worried about going to the clinic, request for Skype or Zoom sessions.