Have you found yourself excessively worrying about COVID-19? Are you constantly researching or watching the news? Are you finding it difficult to adapt to the lifestyle changes brought on by the pandemic? If so, you are not alone. Many individuals are finding that the uncertainty brought on by COVID-19, as well as the disruptions to daily routine, have resulted in increased symptoms of anxiety.
Anxiety is a normal reaction to change and uncertainty. Many people worry about their own health and the health of their loved ones and have concerns about school, work, finances and their ability to engage socially with their community. While anxiety is a normal and expected reaction to a pandemic, too much anxiety can be debilitating. If you are excessively worried or anxious about COVID-19 and feel that this anxiety is interfering with your daily life, it may be helpful to seek additional support.
Signs of anxiety due to COVID-19 may include:
- Excessive worry
- Inability to concentrate
- Problems falling or staying asleep
- Fear and worry about your own health and the health of your loved ones
- Change in sleep or eating patterns
Signs in children and teens may include:
- Becoming easily tired
- Becoming easily frustrated
- New or increased defiant behaviors
- Excessive questions about health, safety or the virus
Some steps that can be helpful for everyone include limiting media coverage of the virus, and sticking only to official sources, such as the CDC (cdc.gov) or the US Department of Health and Human Services (hhs.gov). We also recommend remaining active, and including a range of enjoyable, productive, and social activities into your day. Keeping a regular sleep, hygiene and eating routine will also be helpful, as will engaging in regular self-care activities like spending time on hobbies, and spending time with those you are living with. Finally, it is useful to keep perspective about your current level of risk, and avoid jumping to the worst conclusion. After all, no one can predict the future!
For additional support or to learn more about our services, contact The OCD & Anxiety Center today. Our specialists are experienced in helping people overcome anxiety and related problems with Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Exposure and Response Prevention therapy, and other front-line treatment methods. We are currently providing teletherapy, allowing you to access our high-quality services from the comfort of your home. Contact us at (630) 522-3124 for more information.
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