Posted by: Kate
When the news of Covid-19 started becoming more prominent in the media I didn’t really think much of it. I don’t watch or read a lot of news mainly because of its negativity and makes me anxious. So I didn’t focus a lot on it.
Now, of course, it is impossible to avoid hearing about it. It is everywhere. My anxiety is almost uncontrollable. I am constantly on the verge of a panic state and have to really try hard to keep myself grounded. I know there are others in a similar situation.
What I am doing to help is really focusing on my self-care.
One major thing that helps me is routine. I exercise every day; I do the same twenty-five-minute workout every morning. For me, having something that happens every day helps me feel better and gives me a sense of accomplishment. I also try to plan out things to do throughout the days; such as baking, painting, or writing this post. Do these help me all the time? No. But it helps keep my mind focused or distracted from what is going on. In that aspect, it helps most of the time. Having some sort of routine is a large part of my self-care.
In the times that routine doesn’t help me. I do other self-care tactics. Like taking a bath, walking, or painting (one of my jobs). I find these to be very relaxing and can help me stay grounded. The graphic above, authored by Lindsay Braman, provides some good ideas to try if you feel you need more of your own self-care practices.
Another is avoidance. I don’t just mean social distancing from others. I mean I avoid reading or watching news reports that are not from legitimate news organizations. I say this because, for me, if I read everything that is posted my mind will start falling down the doomsday blackhole. Any ‘non-legitimate’ news I read about Covid-19 is concerning mental health, such as this article on healthline.com, that helps keep me informed on good mental health practices. I have been doing this a lot in order to assist myself in practicing good self-care but also so I can help others who may be struggling with anxiety for the first time.
I cannot stress enough how important mental health is at this time. Individuals who have or don’t have a diagnosed mental health illness are struggling with some. The Center For Disease Control even provides information on how to manage stress and anxiety during times such as these. On their website, they even provide information on ways to cope during this ‘disaster’ as they say.