As the world continues to grapple with the coronavirus outbreak, you — like so many people in the world right now — may be feeling a heightened sense of anxiety. Often this anxiety is caused by an extraordinary sense of uncertainty about the future: “how will this crisis affect my loved ones?”, “what will happen to my job?”, “when will things go back to normal?”
As humans, our natural reaction to a future that remains uncertain is to feel fear. The emotion of fear can feel uncomfortable and difficult to regulate. When regulation becomes challenging we will often fall into a state of fight/flight/freeze, a normal biological reaction when we perceive an imminent threat to our physical safety.
During these uncertain times, our ability to cope and regulate our emotions can become even more challenging. It is important to remember that we are not alone and that we are all going through this together.
The question is, during this time of increased stress and anxiety, how do we make sure to take care of ourselves?
COPING WITH CORONAVIRUS ANXIETY
Fear and anxiety are subjective emotions and so are the ways we cope with them. Here are some different strategies that may help if you’re feeling extra anxious about life right now:
Times of upheaval and uncertainty, like the unfolding coronavirus crisis we’re all living through, can lead us to feel more fearful and anxious. If you find yourself struggling right now, consider the above strategies and always reach out if you need additional support.
Wishing you comfort and peace of mind.
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Lindsay Ross, MSW RSW, is a clinical social worker in private practice in Toronto, Ontario.