While attempting to survive this pandemic, it is all too easy to cause worry, anxiety, panic, and even despair to take up residence in our minds and hearts. Regardless of our situations, we must do everything possible to hold these negative feelings at bay. Anxiety and paranoia have the power to derail our peace, dim our optimism, and draw our attention away from the present moment, dragging us into the ‘What-ifs.’ The ‘What-ifs’ only add to our angst and intensify our sense of being a victim, whether justified or not. Negative thinking perpetuates a pattern of anxiety and dissatisfaction. Negative emotions can make us feel like a victim, whether or not we are. These emotions only serve to exacerbate our feelings of being angry, tired, and exhausted, keeping us from being content in the present moment. Interested readers can find more information about them at Find a Path to Deal With Stress and Anxiety.
Pandemic Fear-Relieving Strategies
Keep your news to a minimum. Too much news can be overwhelming, and it can lead to mental wellbeing and even physical problems, such as heart disease or autoimmune flare-ups, as well as depression and anxiety. Keep in touch. Maintain interaction with others by using social distancing methods such as the phone, Zoom, email, texting, or any other secure means of communication.
Keep a journal. Journaling will help you figure out whether you’re falling into social isolation, negativity, or deteriorating health as a result of stress. Keeping a log of your mental, physical, and spiritual well-being will help you stay on track and make the required adjustments to stay optimistic.
Exercising is essential. Staying involved and avoiding being sedentary is important for mind-body health. Make a prayer. Many people find that praying and meditating helps them remain optimistic by reducing or removing worry, fear, anxiety, and depression. Keep busy and imaginative. It may be helpful to use your time creatively and productively by hobbies when remaining at home due to isolation or quarantine. Make an effort to help others. When people reach out and communicate with others, they often find that their burden is lessened.
There are a variety of approaches to coping with the negative feelings and angst that come with dealing with Covid-19. Many people I know who are dealing with the pandemic have noticed that the amount of concern they have on any given day is directly proportional to the amount of news they have ingested from TV, Facebook, Twitter, and other social media, as well as print media. Limiting or restricting how much news you watch can have a positive and direct impact on your ability to cope, allowing you to cope better and recover from what I refer to as “Covid-19 knowledge Overload.”