Updated: Mar 31, 2020
The outbreak of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) can be stressful for people. Fear and anxiety about a disease can be overwhelming and cause strong emotions in adults and children.
Even myself included. I admit that to a certain extent I am scared. I have moments of weaknesses too.
I'm worried for the elderly, for society as a whole. I'm scared about what our future will look like, my job, everything.
DRASTIC LIFE CHANGES IN GERMANY
Drug stores are running out of tissue rolls, cleaning supplies and essential daily items.
Supermarkets are running out of bread, flour, and sugar.
(A sign is placed up to inform people that they are doing their best to replenish as soon as possible.)
As of 16.03.20 until 18.04.20, all schools and daycares will be closed.
To make matters worse, all playgrounds are closed effective 17.03.20!
Bus drivers have cordoned off the front area to keep a distance from the passengers.
Despite all these fears I am feeling due to the uncertainty of the crisis we are facing, one thing is for sure - worrying will not help me or anyone. Learning how to cope with stress will make you, the people you care about, and your community stronger.
Everyone reacts differently to stressful situations. How you respond to the outbreak can depend on your background, the things that make you different from other people, and the community you live in.
People who may respond more strongly to the stress of a crisis include:
Older people and people with chronic diseases who are at higher risk for COVID-19
Children and teens
People who are helping with the response to COVID-19, like doctors and other health care providers, or first responders
People who have mental health conditions including problems with substance use
Stress signs during an infectious disease outbreak can include
Fear and worry about your own health and the health of your loved ones
Changes in sleep or eating patterns
Difficulty sleeping or concentrating
Worsening of chronic health problems
Increased use of alcohol, tobacco, or other drugs
If you're experiencing any symptoms of anxiety, then today's episode is a must-watch for you:
TIP #1 DON'T UNDERESTIMATE HUMAN RESILIENCY
In times of uncertainty and fear, human minds are good at predicting the worst.
But research shows that people tend to overestimate how badly they’ll be affected by negative events and underestimate how well they’ll cope with and adjust to difficult situations.
If you look back over the years, humanity has faced several different epidemics such as Ebola, SARS, and MERS. Through all these epidemics, we have been able to successfully overcome them over time.
Be mindful that you are more resilient than you think. Remind yourself that you are not alone and that there are experts out there in the world working hard on finding a cure at this very moment.
Remind yourself of these facts regularly as it can help attenuate your anxiety.
TIP #2 ACCEPTING WHAT IS AND ISN'T WITHIN OUR CONTROL
Anxiety creeps up easily when there is an element of uncertainty in any given situation. What will happen if the virus showed up in my town? What if my child's daycare closes? How will it affect my job? My family? My health?
While it is perfectly normal to worry and to try and plan for the future, you also have to accept that there are just some things which are beyond our control - and worrying about them 24/7 will not make the problems any better or help reduce your anxiety.
What if you choose not to accept the situation?
"What you resist, persists."
- Carl Jung
Of course you can choose to be upset, worry and get angry about the situation, but ask yourself:
How does that help you at all?
Instead, know what is within your control and do all the reasonable measures to keep you and your family healthy and reduce going to crowded places to minimize the chances of contracting the virus. Whether it be eating healthy, taking the right vitamins, sleeping well to keep your immune system high, or reminding your loved ones to wash your hands frequently, these little acts will go a long way to keep you and your loved ones safe.
In essence, try your best to live your everyday life as normal as possible while taking into the proper self-protective measures.
NOTE! Be wary of products being advertised as treatments or cures for the new coronavirus. Since the COVID-19 outbreak began in the United States, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has already issued warning letters to seven companies for selling fraudulent products that promise to cure, treat or prevent the viral infection.
TIP #3 MYTH: GETTING COVID-19 IS A DEATH SENTENCE
That's not true.
If you look at the figures shown at Worldometers (it shows the most updated figures of Coronavirus cases around the world) and take a moment to analyze the numbers, you'll see that about 50% or more people are recovering and there are not so many people in critical condition.
I also want to highlight that as of now, the fatality rate that scientist predicts for COVID-19 will not be as high as Ebola or measles.
I understand that there are people dying unfortunately due to the virus, however, it is not fair to disregard the fact that there are people who are successfully recovering from the virus.
There is hope at the end of the tunnel dear friends.
4. SEEK PROFESSIONAL HELP WHEN YOU NEED IT
People who are vulnerable to anxiety and related disorders might find the coronavirus epidemic particularly overwhelming. Consequently, they might experience anxiety symptoms that interfere with work, maintaining close relationships, socializing or taking care of themselves and others.
If this applies to you, please get professional help from a mental health professional, your doctor, or have Cognitive behavioral therapy with a certified Life Coach to treat your anxiety problems.
Although you might feel helpless during this stressful time, following these strategies can help keep anxiety from becoming a problem in its own right and enable you to make it through the epidemic more effectively.
Take care of yourself, your friends, and your family to help you cope with stress. Helping others cope with their stress can also make your community stronger.
Once you’ve watched today's episode, I’d love to hear from you.
What are your thoughts about Covid-19? How are you dealing with the stress caused by the crisis the world is facing? What practices help you maintain hope for mankind? Do share your knowledge and experience in the comments below.
Share as much detail as you can. Many lovely souls come here for insight and inspiration. Your thoughts and experiences might be able to spread more hope and strength onto others during these dark times.
I really hope the tips shared today helps to give you more hope that we will get through this ❤️
Thank you so much for watching, sharing, and adding your thoughts. Stay healthy, take good care of yourself and your family. God bless us all.
Sending you my prayers and thoughts 🙏
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Knowing when to ask for help and guidance is not weakness. If anything, it's a strength.