Fear & Anxiety From the Coronavirus Pandemic: 3 Tips to Help Reduce & Reframe Your Stress by Neha O'Rourke
Fear and anxiety can have a huge impact on your emotional well-being. Here are some ways to help reduce your fear and anxiety, especially during these troubling times:
- Choose empowering thoughts: It’s really easy to get caught up in fear in these situations – and that’s not always a bad thing (think: fear is helping you buy hand soap or cleaning products). Just evaluate if your fears are empowering you and are constructive, or if they are merely draining your energy. If they are draining your energy, try to reframe it to be an empowering thought.
- Control what’s in your control and let go of the rest: You can’t control what’s going on around you, but you can control your thoughts, actions and choices. Keep up your hygiene, choose where you interact, take preventative measure, etc. From there, recognize that other things are out of your hands and worrying about that will not serve you. You worrying will actually cause stress, which we know has negative effects on immunity.
- Get perspective and be mindful of your impact on others: Many of us are lucky enough to work at jobs that allow us to stay home or in a safe environment. There are many who do not have that luxury. Additionally, remind yourself that although you may not be in the highest risk category, your choices can affect someone’s parent, grandparent, brother, sister, mother, etc. Think about your privilege and make choices with your impact in mind.
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