As the risk of a second wave of infections rises, stress and anxiety are at an all-time high. After all, nobody wants to confront the possibility of returning to hard lockdown, especially considering the progress that we have made up until now. If your anxiety is getting the better of you, we have 7 tips to help you manage your anxiety and keep your cool.
Take action to manage your anxiety
One of the reasons why anxiety takes hold of us is because we feel that COVID-related events are completely out of our control. While there are many things that we cannot control, there are still many things that we can. Overcome the fear of the unknown – take action to follow the safety protocols as stipulated, make plans to ensure that you are equipped to cope with the worst-case scenario, start saving up some money for emergencies, and prioritise your mental health.
Take a break from social media
There is lots of sensationalism and fake news on social media right now. If it is leaving you panicked, take a break from your social feed for a few days to regain your composure and manage your anxiety caused by fake news.
Get to know your triggers
Pay attention to when you feel most anxious throughout the day. Is it when you switch on the news in the morning? Or when you feel a slight tickle in your throat and turn to Dr Google for a diagnosis, which is almost always ‘COVID’? Be aware of what sets you off, and avoid these triggers as much as possible.
Live in the moment
When the future is so uncertain, living in the here and now becomes all the more important. Take things one day at a time and try not to think too much about what tomorrow will bring.
Take care of your physical health
Your mental wellbeing is strongly linked to your physical wellbeing. So make sure that you are getting enough sleep, exercise, vitamins, and minerals.
Physical distancing doesn’t mean that we cannot stay connected to those whom we love the most. Make an effort to speak to your mom or brother via Skype every few days, and check in on your old high school mates when you get a chance. It will help to curb feelings of loneliness and provide you with a welcome distraction.
Get help to manage your anxiety
If you are struggling to function day-to-day as a result of your anxiety, or you are having suicidal thoughts, seek help immediately. The SADAG Suicide Crisis Line is 0800 567 567 and the Adcock Ingram Depression and Anxiety Helpline is 0800 70 80 90.
Mental health matters! Make it a priority starting today.