The Corona Pandemic is causing anxiety among millions of people. Here are four ways to cope with Covid-19 anxiety.
Suffering from Sleeplessness?
Unfortunately anxiety can lead to insomnia and other related sleep disorders.
Jill Stoddard, a clinical phycologist said the following, “People can experience a range of sleep problems when they are anxious: difficulty falling asleep, middle of the night awakenings with mind racing and ruminating, and having a hard time falling back to sleep. In a cruel cycle the less sleep we get, the stronger our anxiety can become.”
Brandon Peters, a neurologist in Seattle recommends the following.
Maintain a consistent bedtime, try to drink less caffeine, alcohol intake can also have an effect. Removing visible alarm clocks, exercise and if possible exposure to some daylight every day.Try to avoid anxiety provoking news when you are getting ready to go to bed.
Are you struggling to focus?
It’s part of our human nature to focus our attention on a threat. Coronavirus threatens our health, our livelihoods and due to this we are constantly reading and watching the news trying to think of ideas to protect ourselves and families.
Jonathan Abramowitz, a professor of clinical psychology at the University of North Carolina said the following, “The brain can only do so much. When our attention is absorbed by coronavirus, we have a harder time concentrating on anything else we are trying to do in the moment.”
Aldoa advises the following, “To improve your concentration, try by reducing your tasks to the most essential ones. In the evening list everything that needs to be done the next day, and rank them by importance and urgency. Be kind to yourself by accepting that it is completely normal for our functioning to be compromised during this stressful time.”
Are you forgetting things?
So many of us are currently home schooling and working at the same time. It can be difficult remembering relevant information.
Aleksandra Parpura, a gerontologist said the following,” Anything that relaxes you will also help with memory, as relaxation engages the parasympathetic nervous system.”
Good examples of relaxation include yoga, exercise, spending time outside, crossword puzzles, Sudoku, crafts.
Suffering from increased irritability and anger?
All of us are stressed beyond our means. Suffering from cabin fever, everyone being on top of each other can certainly cause anger and irritability.
Studies have shown that anxiety can fuel these emotions.
Abramowitz advises, “The first step in preventing your anxiety from hurting your relationships is noticing and acknowledging that anxiety before it turns to anger. Once you catch yourself, you can choose to either temporarily distance yourself from others, or share those feelings with the people in your surroundings. Or visualise a safe beautiful place, preferable one that you can remember visiting, and imagine yourself moving through it, focusing on the experience of all five senses. ”
Source: The Washington Post
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