Coping with Corona Virus Anxiety

The last week and a bit has been a very stressful time for all of us. With the number of people infected with the Corona Virus rising exponentially each day it’s becoming harder and harder for us to get up in the morning and pretend that things are normal. Our common ways of tuning out like going to the movies and watching sports are no longer present. If you’re like me and a naturally anxious person already then it becomes even more difficult to look on the bright side of things. And while realistically this is going to be the state of things for longer than any of us want there are still some things we can do to make our new lives a little easier. Here’s a few things you can do to cope with Corona related anxiety.

EXERCISE

Exercise has been proven to be one of the best ways to aid depression. Whether it’s going for a run or just doing some basic yoga stretches at home, moving your body will give you a boost of endorphins that can enhance your sense of well being. After all, once this is over wouldn’t it be great if your friends saw you looking better than ever?

CATCHING UP ON READING

Lord knows I have a ton of books I’ve purchased that I still haven’t finished or even cracked up open. And if you’re similar then this a great time to finally get started on your backlog. And if you have a Kindle or even a reading app on your phone or computer than you can get your reading on without having to rely on Amazon delivering to you.

WATCH CLASSIC FILMS

Even the biggest cinephiles have classic movies they still haven’t seen. For me, it’s Titanic (I know I’m the worst). With Netflix and Chill being the law of the land we finally do in fact have the time to fill in those missing pieces. Art has the power to heal and I’m sure there are some cinematic experiences that you’ve missed out on that could potentially hit you straight in the feels.

WRITE

Whether it’s writing a script, poetry, or even just a blog post about your day, writing can be a very therapeutic tool. By letting your creative shine you’ll be able to flex muscles you didn’t know you had.

TALK TO SOMEONE

We’re all in this together and we all cope in different ways. But even though we are practicing social distancing that doesn’t mean you can’t pick up the phone and call a friend or family member and talk through this. It’s incredibly easy to isolate yourself but we all need human connection. And given that we are all going through this I’m sure there’s someone you know who’s willing to listen.

I hope these ideas spark something in you. We are living in difficult times but I do believe we will come out of this stronger. And if we can all do our best to self improve during this period then that’s even better.

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