The Coronavirus is a real public health threat. The non-stop media cycle doesn’t help. Plus, there is a lot that we don’t know, and that can be frightening. However, our fear is sometimes disproportionate to our risk. With the exception of older Americans and people with pre-existing conditions, the average American still has a low risk of getting the Coronavirus, and if they were to contract the virus, symptoms would be relatively mild.
Still, anxiety is a normal and reasonable response to this situation, but what you do with it is what needs to be looked at. A certain about of fear and anxiety is important. It’s what drove our ancestors to run at the sight of a lion, and it’s what drives us to wash our hands frequently and avoid large crowds in this era of the Coronavirus. But, if your anxiety is so severe that you are experiencing panic attacks, for example, then that can signal a larger issue.
If the latter is the case for you, reach out to a trusted family member or friend, and consider seeking help from a professional via telemedicine who can help you manage your anxiety. Take this as an opportunity to become aware of the role anxiety plays in your life and to parse out the underlying causes.
In addition to seeking help from a professional, here are four things you can do today to stay healthy while also limiting your anxiety:
- Recognize that the situation has been changing so it’s important to keep on top of public health recommendations.
- Stay informed without overdoing it, too much media exposure can heighten one’s anxiety.
- Check in on loved one who are at greater risk, such as the elderly or those with chronic conditions.
- Follow guidelines from health officials and do your part in managing the spread. If you are asked to self-quarantine, abide by the instructions.
Contact Better Health Advisors for additional information about the Coronavirus, tips to stay healthy, or for help finding a virtual mental health professional.