How to Deal with Coronavirus Anxiety
This post is about how to deal with coronavirus anxiety & stress, and even some PTSD.
“Don’t worry, be happy.”
In times of crisis such as the coronavirus pandemic, many of us all around the world are dealing with various forms of stress, anxiety and mental health issues.
For the record I am not a Doctor, simply a life coach and online broadcaster/commentator.
However, in a previous video where I shared my personal experience of tragedy stress and overwhelming anxiety from the pandemic, I have learnt a lot of lessons how to cope.
Not to brag, but close friends and family have been texting me the following “you are amazing,” and “you are an inspiration.”
All I have done is follow the guidelines and stay home.
Well it was in fact the way I handled the situations thrown at me that was inspirational to these people in my life.
So with that being said, in what is most likely the most difficult and emotional piece of content you will find me producing I am going to show you how you can overcome this crippling sense of anxiety and what I did to help me.
Please understand this MAY not work for you, however they did for me.
#1 Understand and Accept What is Going On
7 weeks into lockdown and seeing loved ones and friends die from this awful virus still made me numb to what is really going on in the world.
Until I watched a gripping documentary about UK London hospitals dealing with many patients.
This virus is serious, so if you are out sunbathing and breaking rules when there is still not a cure for this awful disease, I am NOT talking to you.
What I mean by understand what is going on basically means THIS IS WAR.
Yes, we are at war with an invisible, faceless, yet deadly enemy.
So therefore, any form of normal life at all will not resume until that enemy is defeated.
How do we defeat that enemy?
Antibody tests and a vaccine.
Let’s compare to the Spanish flu in 1918, a far more deadlier disease that killed around 50 million people.
It lasted 2 years and came in 3 separate waves.
Now war may be scary, and yes the virus is terrifying too.
However, it WILL pass.
For almost 100 years, we never had anything as deadly as the Spanish Flu, but sadly now we do.
So yes history may be repeating itself, however the good news in this dark moment is it will pass.
We WILL get through this.
We WILL beat it.
We WILL see our friends and family again.
Normality WILL resume.
#2 Be Prepared to Carry on Making Sacrifices
Despite in the UK People returning to work or having never gone into Lockdown in the first place, sacrifices are key to beating this virus properly.
However, assuming now you understand the true nature of what is going on and you have accepted it, it is important to realize how far you have come also.
I know people who live alone in a one-bedroom apartment, they cannot see or be close to anybody.
Yet they have survived, and they are still with us.
The same goes for you.
Whilst your anxiety and stress may be extremely peaked, it is important to also realize that you have come quite a long way.
All you have got to do is keep going.
By simply doing this, and continuing to sacrifice certain freedoms, rituals and so on, you and all of us come a lot closer to a resolution.
Practice gratitude for the smaller things and that will really help you in your coping with anxiety.
Be grateful for your family, your home, the food you eat, your friends, for technology!
Gradually as this war against the virus ends, we will be getting ever closer to our lives resuming normally in a healthy manner.
#3 Expect the Worst and Hope For The Best
People always seem to worry and then 90% of their worst fears do not transpire.
By adopting this stoic mentality in this difficult time you are more prepared mentally to deal with whatever life throws at us.
Life is no picnic, and this pandemic is a good indication of that.
By expecting the worst, you are mentally preparing yourself for what life is going to show you.
Now I know what you are thinking “but SCG this will make me even more anxious!”
True, but that is your mind playing tricks on you.
Even when my back was against the wall and a loved one was not going to make it in hospital due to Covid-19 tearing his body apart, I still managed to keep myself composed.
I prayed and hoped he would make it and there is NOTHING wrong by doing that.
Having said that I was also mentally preparing myself for the worst outcome, which sadly actually happened.
By doing this you pull yourself together and are capable of being strong when life WANTS you to be weak.
In these times if you are religious, turning to your higher power or whatever you believe in is also a wonderful remedy for anxiety.
#4 Keep a Routine and Start up Hobbies
If you are returning to work, or working from home, or doing nothing at home, it is time to structure a routine.
Here are the following things I did to keep myself busy:
- Started a podcast
- Read books
- Drew and painted
- Played guitar
- Spoke on the phone with friends
- Exercised in my garden
- Watched 1 episode of my favourite shows a day (never binge)
- Prayed and meditated
Without a routine of any sort in lockdown or any kind you force yourself to go crazy and overwhelm yourself with thoughts of worry, pain, and suffering.
But if you even in your darkest hour find yourself playing a video game, or even going for a jog alone, I promise you that you are doing wonders for your anxiety.
#5 The Worst Times WILL Pass
Yes, I promise you this, better days are coming!
Everything ALWAYS works out for the better in the end.
These are trying times, and we are all in our own unique ways suffering in many different shape or forms.
However happy times WILL return.
Better days are just around the corner.
Visualize what you loved about normal times, such as seeing friends, vacations or even something like getting a coffee and chilling in the park.
By focusing on life being normal this will make you far less anxious AND it will help you mentally relax.
Instead if you worry yourself about the uncertainty, then you will only end up making yourself feel worse.
#1 Understand and accept what is going on
#2 Be prepared to carry on making sacrifices
#3 Expect the worst and hope for the best
#4 Keep a routine
#5 The Worst Times WILL Pass