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A Practical Guide For Managing Anxiety During the COVID-19 Pandemic

When the World Health Organization released a statement on March 11, 2020, that the COVID-19 outbreak was officially declared a pandemic, the announcement sparked global anxiety. Since then, it's continued to raise concerns and fear for many around the world. Better known as the “Coronavirus”, it is an infectious respiratory disease that has impacted 197 countries with high rates of cases and deaths. With the severity of this contagion, high levels of anxiety have been reported by many across the globe. This is a confusing and scary time for everyone which can make it especially difficult to not panic. There are, however, tangible ways to help you manage your stress. 

1. Don't trust everything on the internet!

It is SO important to ensure that the information you are receiving is coming from credible sources. With the widespread nature of this pandemic, it is critical that you remain up-to-date with real and accurate news. So much of what is going viral is misinformation. Do not believe everything you read on social media. A lot of information on media platforms can be false and misleading. Instead, rely on credible official public health sources such as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), World Health Organization (WHO), and the National Institute of Health (NIH). Use these credible sources to take action on ways to remain safe. Too much information can sometimes leave us anxious and overwhelmed, though. Try to limit the number of times you check for the latest updates in a day. 

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2. Avoid anxiety-inducing media

If you find that certain sources are only instigating your anxiety, it would be wise to avoid those sources altogether. Especially if those sources aren't providing helpful information. For example, some sources like state and local health departments regularly update numbers of rates and deaths. Keeping tabs on them regularly will only add to your anxiety, but won’t help you learn other ways to stay safe. You want to be checking in on credible sources that will regularly be updating precautions. As stated above, the CDC and WHO are great sources that regularly update actionable plans to help protect yourself from the virus. 

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3. Commit to being more self-compassionate and self-tend as needed 

Times like these call for a lot of self-compassion and self-care. It is critical to monitor your anxiety and manage your anxiety; engage in things that will help you. These can be hobbies that you enjoy to keep your mind occupied or your regular self-care routine. Turn your attention to something therapeutic and check-in with yourself regularly by doing things that will help you stay calm. 

These are all practical ways to help you navigate this difficult time period. Taking care of your mental health is extremely vital during a pandemic. Therefore, put these ways into practice and regularly manage your anxiety to stay safe.  

Gemma is currently a senior at Florida International University studying Social Work. She is passionate about helping others improve their quality of life and is a big self-improvement enthusiast. You can often find her reading personal development books, listening to podcasts, or on Pinterest creating boards on self-growth and self-care. She enjoys fashion, interior design, and writing. She believes in a life full of finding gratitude in the little things, human empowerment, and wholeheartedly loving what you do.
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