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Coping with Health Anxiety during COVID-19 Pandemic

by Haad Shah
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Anxiety is by definition a feeling of worry, nervousness, or unease about something with an uncertain outcome. With the ongoing pandemic, it didn’t only bring the “Coronavirus” but also the feeling of being alone and being vulnerable. There are three kinds of people introverts, extroverts, and a hybrid of the first two ambiverts. The current situation of a global pandemic situation mostly affected the latter two. When the pandemic had not yet taken place people would go out and hang out with friends, play sports, or just take a stroll in the park to deal with their mild anxiety. What this pandemic did was change that mild anxiety into something bigger, something more effecting and conjuring our minds.

We have to stay hopeful and calm during such times. Here are some effective ways to deal with anxiety during the ongoing pandemic:

Keep yourself busy

Most of the time when we are sitting alone, we usually think up scenarios that are most likely to never happen. We overthink ourselves into bad situations causing anxiety and not getting things done. You have to quit sitting idle, keep yourself busy with work, hobbies, or family. In my case I went back to learning Rabab that I hadn’t touched in months, it kept me busy or catching up with my favorite esports DOTA-2. Keeping yourself busy just for an hour with consoles,family or instruments might be the best strategy for coping with anxiety that i have come up with. Having a full plate of all these will automatically shift your focus from overthinking.

Avoid news channel

New channels are the main source of filling your brain with unwanted fear and uneasiness. While keeping yourself up to date with the ongoing situation is not bad in any way but consuming too much of the media coverage that does not portray things as is but a hundred times worse might be the biggest trigger to your anxiety. Watching news an hour day might do the work for you.

Get yourself a daily agenda

Draft a plan for your day, one successful little step gives you the courage to take another, and that one makes a difference, too. Doing something is always better than doing nothing. Craft a plan to keep yourself busy and occupied; it might spark your interest in things that you were never into before. Learn new things, experiment with different things. The World Wide Web is an incredible place to find new things, while most of us only use YouTube and other social networks, there are some websites such as “WaitButWhy” The site covers a range of subjects as a long-form blog. Typical posts involve long-form discussions of various topics.

Home not in order is you out of order

With all the uncertainly happening outside your home, keep the inside organized, predictable, and clean. Setting up mental zones for daily activities can be helpful to organize your day. For example: waking up in the morning for fajr or a morning run with proper precautions of course. Loosening these boundaries just muddles your routine and can make the day feel very long. Additionally, a cluttered home can cause you to become uneasy.

Talk to someone

Don’t be alone, being alone makes you vulnerable to your own poisonous thoughts. If you are thinking of something and can’t deal with it yourself, talk to your friend who is close to you or it can be your family members, don’t lock yourself out. Talking to someone may make you feel more comforting and give birth to the idea that you are not alone in this. Having a person that understands you is a good way to deal with anxiety, you can share your stress and acknowledge theirs too.

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