How to Cope With Coronavirus Anxiety?

Written by Dr. Veena Madhankumar and medically reviewed by iCliniq medical review team

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Apart from the actual pandemic, the stress following the situation has become a significant problem. This has become another major issue we have to tackle as individuals.

Stress and anxiety can become a major problem. It is up to us to stay calm and deal with the situation in the best way possible. Here are a few tips that can help you cope in this situation.

 
 

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Understand the Situation and Know What to Do

Knowing how to manage anxiety always takes a little thought. Ask and answer these questions:

  1. What are the changes happening in your body when you are worried?
  2. How much stress are you in?
  3. What do you fear the most in this situation?
  4. How do you handle worries usually?

If your anxiety increases following the distressing coronavirus threat, then focus on what will work for you as an individual in easing anxiety. This might vary from one person to another based on their individual mentality.

 
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1. Things You Should Do

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Start spending some quality time with your family or people you live with. You can also stay in regular touch with your friends and other loved ones via text messages, phone calls, and video calls. This will help in keeping your connection with each other strong even though you cannot meet them in person.

Always gather medical news and information from credible sources, and do not pay heed to fake messages.

2. Things You Shouldn’t Do

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Do not confuse yourself with too much information. This will increase your anxiety and make the situation worse. Make sure you get timely updates from verified sources. It is not necessary to be in search of information about coronavirus throughout the day, the process by itself will increase your anxiety.

Here Are a Few Techniques That Can Help You Relax:

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Yoga: If you were exploring Yoga earlier and looking for the right time to start, this might be it. You do not have to try something difficult and professional. Start with basic techniques that can help keep your strength and flexibility.

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Meditation: Meditation is a simple and easy way to help your mind stay calm. It can divert unwanted thoughts and help you focus.

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Controlled Breathing: Controlled breathing has shown to reduce stress, boost immunity, and increase alertness. You can take a deep breath while expanding your stomach. Hold your breath for some seconds, and then slowly exhale while counting to five. You can repeat this 4 to 5 times to calm your nerves.

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