Coping with Coronavirus: Managing Stress and Anxiety

It’s a scary time: we are in the middle of a global pandemic, cities and states are shutting down, millions of people have lost income, thousands have been infected by the virus and no matter who or where you are, your life has been affected.

For many of us, the most difficult aspect of all of this to handle is the uncertainty. No one knows what the next few weeks and months will be like, and we don’t have a crystal ball to soothe us with visions of a normal future. Confronting the unknown makes it easy to spiral into anxiety and dread, especially when it feels like there is little we can control.

However, we can do something about those fears and anxieties. That’s one area where we actually do have some control, and reducing stress is one of the most proactive and positive ways we can deal with this crisis. Follow these tips to find some relief and take care of your mental health during this challenging time.

Stay informed, but set a limit

Knowing what’s happening in our world and community is important so you can follow the latest safety precautions and help slow the virus’s spread, but sensationalistic coverage and misinformation can easily sow fear.

Be discerning about your news sources and stick to trustworthy ones like the Washington State Department of Health, the Centers for Disease Control, and the World Health Organization.

Set a limit for how often you check for updates and take a step back if you feel like your exposure to the media is fueling your anxiety instead of easing it.

Focus on what you can do

Living in this time of upheaval can feel very overwhelming, but shifting your focus to things you can control may help. Remember that there are many steps you can take to reduce your own risk of infection, including:

  • Washing your hands frequently, using soap and water for at least 20 seconds
  • Staying home as much as possible and keeping at least six feet of space between yourself and others if you must go out for essentials
  • Avoiding touching your face
  • Getting plenty of rest, exercising at home and eat a healthy diet to support your immune system
  • Following all recommendations from the CDC and your local health authorities

Stay connected

Social distancing is the single most important thing people can do to stop the spread of the virus, but isolating from others carries its own risks. We are social creatures, and we crave connections.

Find ways to stay in touch with your friends and family safely. Schedule regular video chats or phone calls if you feel yourself withdrawing. Share your worries and challenges, but talk about other topics too. Share stories, give yourself permission to laugh and make plans for the future.

Stay active

Even though the gyms are closed, there are still plenty of ways to get exercise! Staying active will help boost your mood, relieve stress and release anxiety. If you can safely be outdoors in your area, go for a walk in your neighborhood, hike a nearby trail or go for a bike ride.

If you cannot leave home, look for exercise videos online. Many gyms are offering live classes via Zoom and other platforms. There are many ways to stay fit that don’t require equipment, like yoga and exercises that rely on your own body weight.

Chiropractic care can help

If you’re dealing with anxiety and depression, chiropractic care may help. Our mind-body approach and the adjusting of physical symptoms can improve mental ones.

Common symptoms of depression and anxiety include fatigue and difficulty sleeping, inability to relax, migraines and headaches, bodily aches and pains and muscle stiffness and tension. Chiropractic care can address all of these symptoms, relieve stress and help you feel more whole and stable.

As a provider of these essential health services, we remain open to help our patients through this challenging time. As always, your health is our priority, and we are taking additional precautions to make your visit safe and positive. To make an appointment today, please call us at 360-573-5500.

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