Anxiety and the Coronavirus
Are you feeling overwhelmed?
Not only is the coronavirus (COVID-19) taking a physical toll—it is also impacting our mental wellbeing. Sheltering in place, social distancing, community spread, quarantine, isolation—these have suddenly become everyday words. Everyone is experiencing a whole range of emotions from stress to anxiousness to sadness to fear.
These emotions are a normal reaction to the pandemic; however, too much anxiety can have negative consequences. Anxiety can lead to panic—people who are panic mode may demand medical care and tests when they aren’t necessary, they may stockpile unnecessary items. People suffering from too much anxiety can also go into denial and may ignore recommendations.
Impact Behavioral Health Can Help
If you feel overwhelmed and believe you cannot control your emotions, we at Impact Behavioral Health are here to help you through this. First and foremost, be assured that we will provide you with the support you need while keeping you safe. We know that your feelings and situation are unique. We will work together to decrease, manage, and eventually overcome the anxiety you are experiencing.
At this time, the therapists at Impact Behavioral Health would like to inform you that we will continue to provide therapy sessions but can conduct them via telehealth (video chat) Read more
We also offer the following tips for you in between visits:
- Establish and stick to a routine as best you can. Try to keep to your regular sleep, school, meal, or work schedule. This will help maintain a sense of normalcy.
- Stay connected with family and friends through regular phone, chat, or Skype dates.
- Stay informed—but don’t watch the news nonstop. Listen to trustworthy sources such as the CDC, the World Health Organization, and your local public health authorities.
- Take care of your body – eat healthy and get some form of exercise.
- Focus on the things you can control such as choosing to follow guidelines and recommendations.
- Accomplish tasks that you might not otherwise — wash windows, play an instrument, read a book.
- Help others when you can.
- For more information, the CDC’s COVID-19 Situation Summary page provides updates as information becomes available. https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/cases-updates/summary.html