If you find yourself getting overwhelmed by anxiety during these uncertain times, know that it’s completely normal.

However, the way you respond to increasing anxiety determines your ability to remain calm and healthy in the COVID era.

Here are some things you can do to keep your anxiety at bay:

Make a List of All Things You Know For Sure

Yes, there’s still a lot that we don’t know.

We don’t know when the virus is going to disappear. We don’t know when things will go back to normal. We don’t know when you’ll be able to watch your favorite basketball team courtside again.

But even amidst all the uncertainty, there are things we do know. We know the world’s best scientists are working on developing a vaccine and other treatments. We know that there are countries that have triumphed over the virus, so there is hope for us too. Other than that, we know what we need to do to stay safe—and that’s what we should be focusing on.

At the moment, everyone needs to be putting in extra effort to look after themselves, mainly because we can’t afford to get ill. By concentrating on the things you know for certain, you can balance out the anxiety that comes from the uncertainty.

Stay Connected

Stay Connected

You may not be able to be around your loved ones physically, but that doesn’t mean you have to cut off from them emotionally too. Understand the differences between social and emotional distancing, and make it a point to touch base with your loved ones every day.

Just 20 minutes of interaction on a video call can help lift your mood; plus it’s nice to remind ourselves that we’re all in this together, even if we don’t see people as often as used to.

Limit Your Exposure to News

If you find yourself glued to the news on your TV or the internet, step away from the screen! While it’s important to know what’s going on, you really don’t need to know every little update—especially when you know that most of it is heart-wrenching.

Set Goals For Yourself

You need to come up with ways to stay productive during the ongoing crisis because when you find yourself sitting idle, you’re more likely to let anxious thoughts build up in your mind.

Make an effort to stay busy while you’re self-isolating at home. Learn a language, take up a hobby, eat healthy, exercise, and work toward your weight loss goal.


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