The fast outbreak of the coronavirus is changing people’s work and daily lives. For those who own businesses, the stress and financial uncertainty is even greater. When we don’t know what the future will hold, or are working in isolation, what can we do?
With the spread of the new coronavirus, most people experience anxiety, and this is not just for those with obsessive-compulsive disorder. However, these people may experience a more severe reaction or anxiety.
Here are how we can cope with uncertainty by taking on a new mindset.
If you are also in the same situation, know that you are not alone. It is natural for all to have anxiety. Tell yourself, “I may have a lot of anxiety, but it’s normal in this situation,” or you can tell yourself “it’s really tough for all of us.”
Notice what’s forcing you to start cleaning and washing? Do you do a wash to follow preventive advice? Or to get rid of annoying thoughts and anxiety?
Do the recommended things, no more! Try not to pay attention to obsessive thoughts. When you follow the recommendations, say “that’s enough”.
If you have ideas like, “Did I do it right?”, “Was my handwash enough?” try to put them aside.
Keep track of news from a reliable source only once a day. Avoid checking the news frequently and reading about the virus repeatedly.
Don’t overestimate the risk. It is true that Covid-19 is worrying, but many people just show mild to moderate symptoms.
Try to focus less on the Corona and its worries. Instead, try to entertain yourself with other things.
Focus on the “now” and “here”. Say everything is right for me now and here. Do not always think what will happen in the future.
Try to accept the uncertainty. Anxiety is rooted in ambiguity. You don’t see the virus and you can’t be 100% sure everything is safe. However, we cannot control everything.
If symptoms persist and if you cannot live your normal daily life despite self-care techniques, consult a physician, psychologist, or psychiatrist.