Ease Your Panic and Stress During COVID-19When you are isolated or in quarantine, it is easy to feel panic and stress. You might notice that it even gets worse over time. The longer you spend alone or without your normal socializing, the more stressed you become. You may also become depressed. Here are some tips that can help ease your panic and stress, and depression.
Get Information from Trusted Sources
Stop getting your news and information from social media and tabloids. You need to look at trusted sources only. It is also helpful if you watch the news from opposing sides to ensure you are getting a more balanced look at the situation. Not only will these reduce how often you are absorbing the news, but it allows you to get only the facts, without all the opinions and commentary. This can be reassuring as you don’t need to know people’s take on what “might” happen unless it is based on facts.
Some reputable sources included the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and World Health Organization (WHO).
Set Up a Normal Routine
Something you will hear about over and over again when it comes to isolation or quarantine, no matter why you have to isolate, is to have a normal routine. When you find yourself spending long periods of time at home, the panic sets in when things are off. If you feel like you must suddenly switch to a brand-new schedule, and nothing feels familiar.
To combat this, try to create a routine that becomes a new temporary normal. If you can include some elements like what your routine was prior to isolation, that will help tremendously. For example, if when you were working outside the home, you always ate lunch at 1 pm, try to do the same thing now. It will feel more familiar and can often ease a little panic.
Focus on What You Can Control
You can’t do anything about what is happening in the world right now, except keeping yourself and your family safe. Instead of worrying about what you have no control over, just focus on what you CAN control. This might mean setting up a schedule to do homework with your kids, getting regular exercise, cooking meals at home, reading or doing other self-care, washing your hands, and so much more. These are good for your mental and physical health, and that you have full control over.
Work with a Mental Health Professional
If you have severe anxiety that is leading to panic, then you might need to talk with a mental health professional. There are many therapists who work remotely that you can talk to on the phone or online if you are not able to leave your home and visit their office.
Be happy. Be healthy. Be OrgaicallYou!