9 Ways to Manage Your Coronavirus Anxiety
As the new coronavirus continues to spread, so does anxiety. Because of COVID-19, many people are working from home and schools are closed all over the world. Believe it or not, the new coronavirus is a source of stress and anxiety these days, especially since it became recognized as a pandemic. In fact, somehow it is normal to feel anxious when a global virus affects almost every country in the world and millions of people.
It’s nearly impossible to spend a day without hundreds of cases being announced daily. The new coronavirus, also known as COVID-19, spreads very quickly, and unfortunately, deaths are unavoidable.
Nevertheless, anxiety is a normal emotion, especially when you are surrounded by social panic. But frequent episodes of anxiety can lead to stress and other mental or physical diseases.
According to the American Psychological Association (APA) defines anxiety as “an emotion characterized by feelings of tension, worried thoughts and physical changes like increased blood pressure.”
“I would say it’s very important to understand that if you’re anxious, it’s okay, you’re normal,” says Gail Saltz, M.D., an associate professor of psychiatry at New York-Presbyterian Hospital’s Weill-Cornell School of Medicine. “Because right now there’s a lot of anxiety-producing stuff going on. It’s evolutionary, normal, and healthy to have anxiety in reactions to things, with an appropriate level of concern.”
But if the level of your anxiety is higher than usual and it affects your ability to function then it is time to change something or to talk to a professional. Here are some ways to manage the coronavirus anxiety! Read on and stay safe!