5 Tips For Coping With Post Covid Related Anxiety

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It’s only human to feel anxious returning to the world post-covid.

You may be feeling worried about your own health as well as your loved ones.

Or, you could feel anxious about the uncertainty of work and money.

Not to mention, disrupted routines such as home schooling.

Consequently, even the most resilient of people can feel overwhelmed with what the world will be like after Covid-19.

Fortunately, there are a few simple yet effective tips you can do to help control anxiety during this difficult transition.

1. Take It Slow

It can take time to adjust to a new way of life.

For a long time, we have been advised social activities are dangerous to spreading Covid-19.

Therefore, the idea of starting to see people and visit places again can be daunting.

So, take small steps and build your confidence to ease yourself into it.

Most importantly, do not rush if you don’t feel comfortable; take returning back to “normal” at your pace and not someone else’s timeline.

2. Focus On Things You Can Control

When will the pandemic come to an end?

A question no one knows the answer to.

Of course, the end appears to be near, especially with the increase of research, testing and vaccinations.

So, it’s important to keep your focus on the present odds, rather than worrying about ‘what if’.

Instead of questioning the unknown, ask yourself, ‘how can I have a good day today?’

Remember, we cannot control the future so try not to become overwhelmed with thoughts of scenarios that are beyond your control. 

3. Create A Daily Routine

It’s important to bring some structure to your day.

According to the Mental Health Foundation, routines are important for our identity, confidence and self-purpose.

For this reason, structuring your day can help to relieve anxiety.

Some things you could do include:

  • Cooking healthy meals at particular times of the day (breakfast, lunch and dinner)
  • Taking an afternoon walk (or any form of exercise)
  • Having an hour to yourself for a hobby (such as reading, sewing, baking etc)
  • Enjoy quality time with loved ones
  • Sleep better (for example, begin to wind down from 8:30pm)

Most importantly, create a routine that works for you and brings relaxation to your mind.

4. Talk To Family And Friends

It can be difficult to openly speak about your worries without feeling judged.

But, don’t be hard on yourself and remember you are not alone.

Often, talking to people closest to us can take the world of your shoulders.

When you feel ready, find a method of communication that works for you – whether this be face to face or over the phone.

Secondly, be honest about what you need from them and give examples as to why you feel the way you do.

Lastly, don’t expect too much from the first conversation.

Remember, people process things differently and it may take a few conversations for your loved ones to understand how to support you.

5. Mindfulness Meditation

Meditation is an ancient technique practiced every day by millions to manage stress.

When meditating, you want to focus your attention to the present moment – if your mind begins to wander you must bring your focus back.

Doing so, will allow you to understand what triggers your anxiety induced thoughts.

Therefore, being in touch with your mind and body can help to soften these thoughts, reduce stress and calm a panic attack. 

Final Thoughts

Yes, things will be different in a post-covid world.

However, ease yourself into social situations gradually and take small steps.

Let’s say, you don’t feel comfortable meeting a large group in a restaurant, it’s OK to say ‘no’.

Only do things you’re comfortable with and ready

If you find yourself overwhelmed with thoughts, try following the tips above to calm your mind.

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