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March 17, 2020

How to Simply Manage Your Coronavirus Anxiety

If you are one of the 10s of millions of Americans staying home and doing your part to keep the Coronavirus contained, here are some tips from mental health experts to help calm your COVID-19 anxiety.

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Be Careful About How, When, and Where You Get Your News

Of course you want to stay up-to-date, but how and when you seek out information can have a significant impact on your anxiety levels. For example, if watching the nightly news is making you anxious, perhaps reading a trusted online source is better. Maybe checking the latest updates right before bedtime is affecting your sleep quality. Look closely at your news habits and consider limiting the number of times you check the news. Find a comprehensive and factual source of information. Schedule specific times you’ll look for updates and fill the intervals with constructive, meaningful, or entertaining tasks.

Take a Break From Social Media

Depending on your friends and how they like to use social media, your anxiety levels could be skyrocketing every time you log into Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram. Let’s face it, some friends are alarmists, some are Pollyannas, and some are conspiracy theorists. All can be adding to your stress. If you have to stay on social media like millennials have to stay on their phones, then limiting your views to pages like hobby groups or museums, aquariums, and zoos you follow would meet your needs and keep you cool. Your timelines and newsfeeds will be there a long time after this crisis passes.

Good Day Sunshine!

Studies have shown over and over again that sunshine (vitamin D) and activity increase serotonin and cortisol production, which helps calm your nerves and elevate your spirit. So put your walking shoes on and hit the path, road or track. If you can’t get outside, try listening to the sounds of nature. Here’s a video of a burbling creek that you can enjoy:

Find a Diversion

Solitaire, Suduko, crossword puzzles, board games, reading, writing letters, keeping a journal, spring cleaning, re-arranging your junk drawer; whatever it is, as Nike would say, “Just Do It.” Finding a purpose, any purpose, will take your mind off the crisis and put it on something fun or useful. Time flies when you are having fun, and getting lost in a project has its own reward when the task is finished. In essence, the message is: “stay busy.”

Take Care of Yourself

Eat well, stay hydrated, get plenty of sleep, meditate. These are just some of the things you need to make sure you do to outlast this virus. Also, make a routine and stick to it – lunch is from 12 pm to 1 pm, exercise is from 4 pm to 5 pm. Even naptime can be from 3 pm to 4 pm! Take care of yourself so that when life returns to normal, you are fit and ready to take on the world again.