Managing your anxiety surrounding COVID-19; preparation and prevention without panic
Anxiety and fear surrounding COVID-19 is a common issue during a time of rapidly changing circumstances, closures and information overload. Here are few things to consider during this time to help understand that those are normal feelings to have and helpful tips to manage some of the unhelpful feelings that you could be experiencing.
- Get the most accurate information
- Your email inbox and social media feeds have probably been swamped with news regarding COVID-19. It is important that we critically analyze the information that is thrown at us. Be up to date with McMaster Daily News and the Centre for Disease and Control for reliable resources and information on how to keep yourself safe.
- Information overload
- You may feel the need to constantly keep on top of the news and be in control of the situation but it can be helpful to take mindful breaks. Try to turn off news notifications and limit your time on social media. Find 5-10 minutes in your day to check reliable sources of information regarding updates such as McMaster Daily News.
- What can you control?
- Focus on what you are able to do to prevent yourself and others from getting sick. Practicing proper handwashing, avoiding touching your face and cleaning surfaces frequently are a few ways you can stay healthy while keeping those around you safe as well. Visit covid19.mcmaster.ca/ for more information.
- Remaining calm in a time of panic
- A high stress situation may cause heightened anxiety and worry. Take care of yourself by ensuring to maintain your routine as much as possible. If you’re feeling overwhelmed, practice home yoga, colour, make art, facetime a friend, listen to your favourite podcast or anything to give yourself a mental break.
- Get help if you feel like you need it
- If you have a cough and/or fever AND you or someone close to you has travelled abroad in the past 14 days, or you have interacted with someone with COVID-19, call Telehealth (1-866-797-0000) or Hamilton Public Health Department at 905-546-2424 ext.7970 for further direction and testing.
- If anxiety has caused you to experience trouble sleeping or eating, difficulties in your social life or thoughts of doing harm to yourself, you can book an appointment with a counsellor by calling 905-525-9140 x 27700 or talk to a representative from Good2Talk about your mental health by calling 1-866-925-5454.