It’s nearly impossible to move about your day without someone mentioning the novel coronavirus with over 134 confirmed cases in Indonesia alone. You are finding articles, social media posts, or maybe even hear someone you know got infected, and as human beings our mind is programmed to do a self-defence mechanism that creates fear and anxiety. According to leading mental health experts, this is actually a normal reaction, as long as you don’t end up dwelling in it. Let us help you focus on the things we can take control of and let go of the anxiety.
Acknowledge your anxiety
Admitting there’s a problem is the first step to get the solution. So it is totally OK to experience symptoms of anxiety. When we are aware that we are anxious, we can catch ourselves in the act and begin to recover.
Don’t focus on the bad news
“Anxious minds tend to pay attention to negative information, so be sure to also pay attention to positive stories about COVID-19, such the experiences of people who have recovered. Do not get stuck overestimating the threat and underestimating human resilience.” Quoting dr Cohen from Good Housekeeping.
Really, stop reading, listening, talking about the negative side of this story. Of course, we need to be aware and keep ourselves updated with facts. And then do our best to do what we can to keep ourselves healthy.
Some people have an overly active mind. If you are one of them, unplugging from social media and news platforms is probably the best thing you can do. There is no need to scare yourself every second of your life. We know the facts, now unplug and relax.
Try not to seek constant reassurance
“Seeking reassurance can make you feel calmer for a little while, but in my experience, it is always temporary. Your brain creates a feedback cycle where you become increasingly reliant on reassurance, which only serves to reinforce the anxiety. It’s natural to want your loved ones to tell you things will be OK, but when you start needing that reassurance several times a day, it’s time to take a step back.” Quoting The Guardian.
Eat Healthy & Exercise
These are something that we have to do with or without Corona outbreaks. Your nutrition is very important. What you eat makes or breaks you. A balanced meal will improve your immune system, drink 2.5 litres of water every day, and keep the body moving. You can do many home exercises if you can’t go to the gym.