How to Stay Calm and Reduce Stress During the Coronavirus Pandemic
The novel coronavirus pandemic may be overwhelming for some people. However, constant fear and anxiety can do more harm than good for your health. This can also impact your sleeping or eating patterns. Coping with stress and anxiety in a positive way will get you back on track and make you stronger, happier, healthier and more productive.
It’s important to take the current crisis seriously, but you should also take a step back to reconnect with yourself. Here are some tips on how to remain calm and reduce stress during the outbreak.
Be Prepared, but Don’t Panic
Information on the new coronavirus (COVID-19) is spreading hard and fast. Some of it is true, but some of it is false. To prevent believing misinformation about COVID-19, stick to trusted sources, including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO). These groups provide scientific reports and up-to-date news. Using information from credible sources can help you plan better and reduce panic.
Take a Break from COVID-19 News
It may seem hard to escape from all the news coverage about COVID-19. However, stepping away from your phone or computer can prevent you from feeling overwhelmed by the crisis. Staying informed is good, but excessive watching, reading or listening to negative news can cause harmful effects.
Make Time to Relax
During the weekend, we usually engage in activities to help us unwind. Why can't we schedule these activities on weekdays too? If you usually decompress with a comedy or a book on the weekend, try making this part of your routine on weekdays as well.
Stay Connected with Others
Remember, you're not alone. Many countries encourage social distancing, but you can still keep in touch with friends, family, co-workers and classmates, even if you can’t physically be with them. That’s the real purpose of all this technology we have! Try talking on the phone, texting, chatting, facetiming or setting up Google hangouts. Continue communicating with the people you trust. Express your concerns and feelings.
Look Out for One Another
Helping others gives us a good feeling. According to TIME Magazine, it's the key to happiness. If you see your family, friends, coworkers and neighbors struggling, give them some relief. It's a great way for people to stay united during difficult times.
Find Other Topics to Talk About
It's easy for conversations to surround COVID-19, but it's harmful if that's all you're talking about. Try switching the subject. Accurately using your support system can be helpful during emotionally high times.
Reach Out for Professional Help
If you're feeling extremely nervous or sad, it may help to speak with a mental health professional. Mental health providers have the skills to help individuals confront stress and anxiety. Everyone has different worries and fears, and mental health providers are trained and experienced to support you in your specific situation.