Coping with Anxiety in the Time of Social Distancing
- What are your fears? Do these fears stop you from living your day to day
- what brings you happiness?
- what can you do right now that'd make you happy?
- How do you cope with stress?
This isn’t permanent. Things will be normal again. Maybe a new normal, but normal nonetheless. Seek out the positive and try to focus on that.
Limit your news intake. The news can sometimes be disheartening and a direct detriment to your mental state. Put a cap on how much news you watch and/or read. You can stay informed and still limit the amount of emotional stress you take on. Anxiety often comes from what we ingest. Understanding what sends you spiraling is the first step towards protecting yourself from it.
Look towards the future. Plan for life after social distancing and COVID-19. Planning for the future is inherently positive. Moreover, accepting and standing firm in the fact that there is a future will help you think beyond the now.
Start with gratitude. Begin each day thankful. Starting each morning with a positive mind frame can work wonders when being constantly faced with anxiety. Don’t allow your day to begin before you start by appreciating the fact that you have another day. Make it a practice to start each day speaking out loud who or what you’re grateful for. It’s a shockingly effective task.