According to Center for Clinical Interventions, feeling tense, stressed, and worried at certain times, when under pressure, is a normal human response. Everybody feels anxious from time to time. Anxiety becomes a problem when it is intense and prolonged, and when it starts to get in the way of day-to-day functioning.
In the face of COVID-19, we are experiencing anxiety in different ways. It is important to find strategies to stay calm and mentally healthy.
It is important to know that feeling anxious is a normal reaction when you are being challenged by so many things. It can be overwhelming and frustrating when you are bothered by persistent negative thoughts or feelings.
If you want to reduce your anxiety, instead of ignoring your feelings or avoiding talking about difficult situations, you can reduce anxiety by taking steps to share your thoughts with your friends, family members or your counsellor. Continuing to reach out and connect with your support system can help you to improve your levels of anxiety.
We are going through isolation and social distancing during this global pandemic so if you find the news extremely upsetting, during this time, it may be a good idea to limit your exposure with news media which may increase your stress. Scheduling your free time to have fun and enjoy health-related activities with your family members is yet another way to reduce your anxiety and make things feel more normal in these challenging times.