Coping with Covid-19

The coronavirus outbreak continues to infect thousands of people across the globe. To put things into perspective, Covid-19 is the disease that develops from the novel coronavirus, causing mild to severe respiratory illness or even death.

Globally, authorities report more than 700,000 cases of coronavirus infection that claimed the lives of more than 30,000 people. The number of confirmed cases is increasing day-by-day, and people are worried about the uncertainty of finding a cure to end this global crisis. As of March 29, authorities in the UK reported 2,433 new cases of local transmission, bringing the total number of confirmed cases to 19,522.

The rise of confirmed cases and death tolls only triggers constant worry and fear among those who are battling with anxiety. Given the new restrictions in every country, social distancing and supporting mental health in isolation can be really hard to deal with.

Managing and coping with anxiety amid the outbreak

Everyone reacts differently to stressful situations. But what really is anxiety? From a medical perspective, anxiety is a natural and revolutionary response to any stressful or unfamiliar situations. It is the sense of agitation or discomfort a person feels to everyday circumstances.

A certain level of anxiety helps us to stay alert and be aware of our surroundings. However, these things could be different for people with anxiety disorder. What is normal can be completely exhausting all at once. In these trying times, feelings of anxiety and panic may interfere with one's daily activities. Therefore, it is essential to be able to recognise anxiety in yourself and others for it can help save lives in ways unimaginable.

What are the symptoms of anxiety?

Commons signs of anxiety include: 

• Feeling nervous, restless or tense
• Overthinking
• Increased heart rate or palpitations
• Trouble breathing
• Sweating
• Panic attacks
• Headaches
• Feeling weak or tired
• Constant worrying
• Having trouble sleeping
• Stomach issues
• Avoidance.

How to protect your mental health?

Remind yourselves to do the following, especially when things become overwhelming:

• Be careful about what you read on various social media platforms
• Take a break from the news and read a book
• Mute things that trigger your anxiety
• Talk about other topics that inspire you
• Get enough sleep and eat healthy meals
• Do some exercise and stay fit
• Access nature and sunlight where possible
• Meditate and take deep breaths
• Stay connected with your loved ones
• Acknowledge your feelings
• Be kind to yourself.

This crisis will be temporary. By all means, we must help each other by reminding ourselves and others that anxiety is a normal feeling. A natural response to the unknown that allows us to ponder and see things, and to protect ourselves and find solutions. In the case of life and death, one has to prepare for the worst to survive. Despite the psychological disturbances and distress, we must learn to live to fight another day or otherwise.

We are all in this together to protect and to save lives. You are not alone in this battle.

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