When the news of a novel coronavirus first started spreading in January 2020, I started to go through all of my anxious motions. First, I started seeking out articles about COVID-19. A couple of weeks later, I began sharing posts with subtle warnings and discussing my fears with family and friends. Before I knew it, I was incessantly checking the Coronavirus map multiple times of the day. Does that sound like you, too?
Even if we don’t travel and always wash our hands, we can’t control what everyone else is doing. Our co-workers, loved ones, and the strangers who pass us on the street may have been somewhere where they contracted this novel Coronavirus. Being in the wrong place at the wrong time has proven costly for almost 4,000 people.
As unfortunate as these losses are, we must continue on with our lives. Living in a bubble is not a feasible option. We need to go to work to pay bills, the grocery store to get food, and get on airplanes to go on much-needed vacations. Once I realized this, I was able to kick my checking habits. Here’s how I’m managing my COVID-19 anxiety.
Stop Checking the Coronavirus Map
As of right now, there are 32 states with Coronavirus in the United States. That number is expected to rise. If your state has already been affected, you may have already stopped checking the Coronavirus map. However, those of us with Coronavirus anxiety are still prone to watch the number of Coronavirus cases as it continues to spread. Cut that habit.
If COVID-19 hasn’t spread to your state yet, check it once in the morning. Don’t hit reload throughout the day. A live-action update isn’t going to change the way you’re going about your day.
You’re still going to “chance it” and do the things you planned on doing. So, just do them. Be in the moment. Check the map in the morning. If there’s an emergency in your area, then you can plan accordingly. Otherwise, go about business as usual.
Read One Article Per Day
While ignoring the latest Coronavirus news may seem like the perfect solution for someone with Coronavirus anxiety, it’s not a wise one. You should be educated about what’s going on, especially if you have someone in your family with a weakened immune system, like a grandparent or newborn. However, excessive information intake will only feed your fears.
Reading multiple news sources throughout the day instead of focusing on your work is just going to feed your Coronavirus anxiety. So, pick one article per day and then move on.
Don’t Feed Into Social Media
Another reason for such heightened Coronavirus anxiety is the amount of misinformation out there. Many of us rely on social media to find our news. When we see something shared in our feed, we might just read the headline or look to see who shared their thoughts. But what we’re reading might not be facts.
From one anxious person to another, anxiety is a powerful tool. It can be crippling, all-consuming, and cause us to become obsessively compulsive. That’s a lot of pull. So, if we’re going to allow something to hijack our lives like fear of Coronavirus, we should at least have the actual facts.
So, stop relying on social media as a news source. Just keep scrolling when you see the words “Coronavirus.” Seek out your own Coronavirus news from a reputable source. Just go to one every day.
If you already have a news go-to, use it. For those looking for cold hard facts and data, try the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and World Health Organization (WHO) websites. To get a mix of facts and analysis, National Public Radio (NPR) is also a rational source.
These outlets won’t feed your hysteria. They’ll offer you a logical and real-life perspective for you to analyze and draw your own conclusions from. If you still get Coronavirus anxiety, it may be in your best interest to stop reading news reports altogether while you use your standard anxiety coping mechanisms.
Build Up Your Immune System
While this is a novel Coronavirus, it isn’t the first one. Sadly, thousands died during Ebola, Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS), and Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS). However, millions survived. That’s because these Coronaviruses thrive in weakened immune systems.
You are less likely to die from COVID-19 if your immune system is robust. So, it’s crucial that you do all that you can to provide your body with the support it needs.
- Eating fruits and vegetables
- Cutting down on sugars and saturated fats
- Cleaning surfaces before using them
- Diffusing essential oils
- Washing your hands regularly
- Getting plenty of sleep
During this time, we must also depend on one another to keep everyone safe. So, take extra measures not to spread the virus, too. Wipe down surfaces once you use them. Cover your mouth when you cough and wash your hands as much as possible.
Many of us turn to hand sanitizer. Used in small doses, this can be useful. However, don’t go overboard. You also harm the beneficial bacteria in your system that help fight off the spread of these viruses.
Meditation does more than just boost the immune system. It also helps you clear your mind. One of the worst side effects of anxiety is racing, yet super-focused thoughts. We mull over the worst-case scenarios and cover every angle of every possible situation. Clearing our mind is the best way to rid ourselves of these anxious thoughts.
When you meditate, you focus on your breath. Think the word “peace” as you breathe in and imagine the word “fear” as you exhale. Every time your mind wanders, just go back to peace and fear. In with peace, out with fear.
Use All-Natural Supplements
Sometimes you need a little support to get you through these scary times. We don’t realize it, but the stress we experience over Coronavirus anxiety can change us on a molecular level. When we experience stress, it causes an excess amount of cortisol, norepinephrine, and adrenaline in the system.
These hormones make it so that other essential hormones don’t get produced. In turn, our immune system becomes compromised, which can cause us to become further susceptible to contracting Coronavirus.
So, you need to find balance in the system by fighting back against these immune-suppressing hormones. The best way to achieve this is with all-natural supplements, like Tranquility Labs’ Tranquilene.
• GABA Boosters
Tranquilene promotes calmness and helps guide you to become more present. This supplement is optimized with a neurotransmitter known as GABA, which acts as a calming agent.
To further enhance GABA production, Tranquilene is fortified with L-theanine. This amino acid is the building block of life responsible for GABA production. That way, GABA can help promote endorphins that make us feel happier.
• Serotonin Boosters
Speaking of being happier, Tranquilene is enriched with ingredients that help facilitate serotonin production. It contains tryptophan, which is an amino acid that’s responsible for the production of 5-HTP. This process happens thanks to niacinamide (vitamin B3). That’s why Tranquilene also has this essential vitamin in the formula.
With 5-HTP now present, the vitamin D3 in Tranquilene helps create serotonin. The formula also contains a B-vitamin complex and Ayurvedic herbs, like ashwagandha. It literally has everything I need to help cope with my Coronavirus anxiety.
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