CoronaVirus (COVID-19) & Anxiety; How we can manage our anxieties during this global pandemic.
CoronaVirus (COVID-19) & Anxiety; How we can manage our anxieties during this global pandemic? Many of you have reached out about this, sharing how you are feeling super stressed out, constantly on edge, or even hypervigilant. First I want to let you know that all of these feelings are completely normal and are warranted responses to all of the threats we hear each and every day via the news and social media. Our nervous system is always assessing our environment for safety and/or danger. If it senses a threat to our safety it will help us focus on it so we can be ready to take action against the threat if needed. Really this helps keep us alive. If we are always on the lookout for something or someone who could harm us, then we are prepared to act when the threat becomes imminent.
1. Wash your hands frequently – including every time you enter the home or office, after shaking hands with other people, after you cough or sneeze, and before you eat – using soap and water or an alcohol-based hand rub
2. Cover your mouth and nose with flexed elbow or tissue when coughing or sneezing, dispose of used tissue immediately, and wash your hands
3. Avoid close contact with anyone who has cold or flu-like symptoms; and
4. Seek medical care early if you or your child has a fever, cough or difficulty breathing.