People are worried about contracting COVID-19 and their loved ones (especially older people or those with compromised immune systems) getting sick. New information that changes daily makes this a confusing and stressful time.
Here are some tips to cope with the health anxiety that you may be feeling.
1. Focus on what you can control instead of what you can’t.
One thing you have power over: Your own self-care and health practices, including getting rest, eating nutritious foods, staying hydrated, moving your body, washing your hands thoroughly and often, and practicing social distancing. Make sure you have enough of any medications you take.
2. Keep things in perspective.
“What is the worst-case scenario? How likely is the worst-case scenario?
According to the CDC, for most people, the immediate risk of becoming seriously ill from the virus that causes COVID-19
is thought to be low (but it’s still important that you take the recommended precautions to protect yourself and more vulnerable populations).
3. Accept your feelings.
Work on learning to accept the unknown and the uneasy feelings that often accompany it. Know that your feelings are normal and valid, and that it’s okay to feel whatever you’re feeling.
4. Try Online Therapy.
5. Limit your health news intake to 20 minutes at a time.
Remind yourself that what’s going on is temporary, and try to find comfort in knowing that we are all going through these tough times of uncertainty together.