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Anxiety during COVID-19
Many of us are feeling stress and anxiety with the current outbreak of COVID-19. People are worried about their health and the health of their friends and family, their schooling, employment and their personal finances. All of this is normal during such a time of uncertainty. But sometimes the feelings of anxiety can make our thoughts run away from us. It can impact a person’s mental health and lead to feelings of hopelessness, anger, and loneliness.
Getting Help During COVID-19
For people who were already struggling with issues such as anxiety, depression, trauma, or relationship breakdown, the outbreak has posed an additional burden. Many people are feeling isolated with the public health recommendation to practice “social distancing” and have to curtail enjoyable activities such as dining out or being in large groups of friends. And those who were seeking out counselling are now reluctant to meet with their therapist or counsellor. However, during this time of isolation and chaos, engaging in a conversation with a counsellor can be particularly helpful.
At Waypoint, all our counsellors offer sessions by phone or secure video link and work on issues of anxiety. If you are not sure if this method would work for you, we encourage you to sign up for a free 30 minute consult with a counsellor who can meet you by phone or video and you can see if this will work for you. Contact us if you would like help in choosing a counsellor who is right for you.
Other ways to manage anxiety during COVID-19
Access the right information at the right time. Consider the source of information and only choose trusted sites. Be wary of social media posts on COVID-19. Many incorrect rumours are spreading on these sites and only increase feelings of panic and uncertainty. And – limit the frequency you check the news on COVID-19. Once or twice a day is plenty – this way a person can focus on other less stressful things in their lives.
Here are two trusted sites for information on COVID-19 in British Columbia:
Take care of yourself: Eat well, exercise regularly, go for walks outside if advisable, get enough sleep, and connect with others over the phone or by video.
Learn self-management strategies: This can be a great time to really learn about mindfulness. This is a proven method that can decrease anxiety and improve feelings of wellness in general. There are some excellent free online resources that can teach you how to practice this approach to slowing down and living in the moment. Check out AnxietyCanada to learn more. Also – yoga is a great way to unwind and relax. Even before COVID-19, there was a noticeable trend of more Canadians practicing yoga online at home.
Keep things in perspective: As mentioned earlier – be careful of what you read on social media. The truth is that Canada is ahead of the curve in responding to this outbreak. Our governments, public health officials, and health care providers are using the best available science to combat the virus. Our health cares system is robust, our supply chains secure, and the compassionate approach of Canadians will see us through.
All of us at Waypoint wish you and your friends and family all the best health in these troubling times.
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