TIPS FOR PEOPLE WITH ANXIETY

You have to be intentional about this one. Make up your mind what type of media you follow, especially while you’re working. If you don’t want to look at any news related to COVID-19, set up apps that will block that news on your devices.

Similarly, let your loved ones know if you don’t want to have any discussions surrounding the virus or infection. We’re aware relatives, parents and even groups flood timelines with all sorts these days. You can choose what to concentrate on.

STAY INFORMED, NOT OVERWHELMED

If you want to stay informed but find the news overwhelming, allocate a set amount of time each morning or evening when you can read the news.

Or ask a friend if you can call them for a quick 10-minute briefing. They’ll be able to deliver any news gently and help you stay informed without feeling overwhelmed.

YOUR LOVED ONES

There’s never a better chance to check up on everyone. If you’re concerned about the health of your loved ones, tell them about your concerns. Make sure they’re taking all the necessary precautions and will touch base with you if they start to experience any symptoms.

Take the time to let them know how much they mean to you, either verbally or in writing. There are better ways to use WhatsApp, Zoom or Skype to reach out to people other than spreading fake news.

BEING ON LOCKDOWN

Enjoying a day of work at home feels different when it’s due to a government order that’s aimed at stopping the spread of a virus. Play your part but choose to be happy.

Create a happy space, whether this is looking out a window, visualizing a peaceful nature scene, watching comedy or looking at a relaxing picture.

GET IN TOUCH

Reach out to people and encourage them as much as you can. There’s quite a whole lot flying around and those words might just be what someone would need to hear. Also, reach out to someone who is supportive and can help you manage your own feelings, especially if these feelings are getting in the way of your productivity.

Be honest with how you’re feeling. Knowing that someone is only a phone call or video chat away may help you manage feelings of anxiety.