How to Cope With Anxiety During The COVID-19 Pandemic
Feelings of anxiety and fear are normal during a health pandemic. We are all learning daily that this illness coronavirus (COVID-19) has not only affected you and your family but others globally.
Watching television, and social media you may see people in a state of panic. Long lines at grocery stores, and observing empty shelves for our basic needs.
Individuals are willing to do whatever it takes to protect themselves and their families during this health crisis. There are ways that you can cope and ease your anxiety surrounding the coronavirus.
Practicing good self-care, is essential to decrease your level of anxiety, and can help manage your mental health. Taking steps such as eating a balanced diet, getting plenty of sleep, and engaging in activities that are fun. Whether it be binge watching on Netflix or Dancing to your favorite song.
It is known that anxiety may arise during a pandemic. Social self-care can also be a way to cope with your anxiety to ensure that it does not get worse. Social self-care involves having a supportive network of people you can turn to, someone to talk to for guidance or uplifting.
Parents and children who continue facing high levels of anxiety and helplessness should consider seeking professional help. Professional help, can be seeking a licensed therapist or mental health professional that can help manage your emotions and fears.
It is important that families learn and practice how to manage their anxiety to maintain a healthy lifestyle during these times of uncertainty.
Jackie Sekunda, School Counselor, Our Lady of Mercy Catholic Academy