How to manage coronavirus anxiety

There is so much information bombarding us every few minutes with updates on the coronavirus.

Some of this is useful and some less useful, or even inaccurate. Even if you are not usually prone to anxiety, it is easy to become anxious. If you do find yourself becoming anxious, here are some tips for reducing your coronavirus anxiety.

Six ways to ease coronavirus anxiety

1. Eat well. Looking after our health is especially important during times of stress. If you have more time at home you could try out some new recipes. Certain foods boost the immune system so eat more of them. These are lemons, ginger, chilli, turmeric, garlic, and greens. Reducing sugar, or avoiding sugar helps the body to absorb the vitamin C in your fruit and vegetables.

2. Sleep well. Avoid caffeine in drinks such as tea, coffee and cola in the evenings so that you sleep better. Avoid looking at all screens for at least an hour before you go to bed, and do something you find relaxing such as a warm bath to wind down. You can listen to our free relaxation resource here. 

3. Do something you enjoy or something new. Having fun and being absorbed in something new releases feel good hormones which boost our mood. Go for a walk, run or dance to some great music that you like. Whatever your style, you can enjoy music and uplift your inner beat. Listen to interesting podcasts such as TED Talks, or explore a subject that interests you, in more depth using the internet.

4. Limit your news intake. This is a time when 5 a day is probably too much! Switch off the news alerts on your phone. If friends and family are constantly sharing coronavirus news on Twitter or Facebook, mute them for a few days. They won’t know. You decide how often and when you want to hear the news. This could be morning and/or early evening which would be sufficient to keep you up to date.

5. Choose your news source. We do need to know the latest advice around the coronavirus from reliable sources. In the UK, these are: the UK Government, the World Health Organisation and the NHS

6. Connect with friends, family and community. This is a big source of comfort for others and ourselves and it keeps our communities strong. You can arrange online social gatherings using free services such as Zoom or WhatsApp.

The World Health Organisation expresses the same thought in a different way:

“Let hope be the antidote to fear.”

“Let solidarity be the antidote to blame.”

“Let our shared humanity be the antidote to our shared threat.”

Oasis-Talk treats general anxiety successfully every day. If you are in need of support with your coronavirus anxiety and would like a 30 minute one-to-one phone call, please ring 01179 277577 or email us to book a phone appointment.

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