COVID-19 is a global crisis that nobody was ready for. Even medical researchers and health care workers are at a loss for what to do because the coronavirus is new to all of us. So, it’s totally understandable if you live with anxiety about your health and the health of your loved ones. The outbreak may cause stress which manifests in disrupted eating habits and sleep patterns, and worsening health conditions.
These are particularly challenging times for people who are receiving treatment for anorexia and other eating disorders, mental illnesses, and other health conditions that trigger anxiety. It might take a while until the virus is contained and a vaccine is invented so you will need a way to cope with pandemic-related stress.
Take note of these ways you can look after yourself at this time.
Take Care of Your Body
A healthy body leads to a happy mind, which is why it’s important that you look after your physical health. This essentially means eating well-balanced meals on time, exercising regularly, and getting a good night’s sleep. It’s especially helpful to establish a solid daily routine if you’re still under stay-at-home orders. A stable routine keeps your life as normal as possible during this global health crisis.
Of course, you can’t forget the COVID-19 essential habit of washing your hands, covering your mouth when you cough or sneeze, and not touching your face.
Connect with Your Loved Ones
Painful as it sounds, keeping your distance is the best way to show love for family and friends during the coronavirus outbreak. But this doesn’t mean you should isolate yourself from them. Technology allows you to send text messages and make video calls whenever you miss your family and friends. The stay-at-home orders also let you spend more quality time with people at home, if you do live with loved ones.
On the other hand, too much social interaction could drain you. So, consider setting up a schedule for these daily check-up calls and messages. Then, spend the rest of your free time for your hobbies.
Limit News and Social Media Exposure
Although you need to stay informed about the latest developments in the coronavirus outbreak, too much media exposure might cause greater anxiety. Set aside time to watch the news, read credible articles, or check social media for the latest updates. You might feel overwhelmed if you keep the TV on the news channel or if there’s nothing but news sites and press conferences on your social media feed.
It’s also important to verify the news that you hear. There are many rumors that cause unnecessary panic so before you share information with others, make sure it comes from a reliable source.
Always Put Mental Health and Emotional Well-Being First
It’s natural to feel stress, anxiety, worry, and grief during a disaster. Now more than ever, it’s important to reach out to your healthcare provider if these feelings get in the way of your daily routine and self-care sessions. Continue with your treatment, if you have a pre-existing mental health condition.
And if you haven’t heard it from anyone yet: we’ll get past this stronger and healthier than ever.