The world is different than it was a few weeks ago. Many of us are experiencing anxiety, among other emotions (e.g., loneliness, helplessness, worry, fear, anger, etc.) related to COVID19. It’s completely normal to experience all of these emotions. During this unprecedented time of global uncertainty, a myriad of emotions will pay us a visit on a regular basis as we adjust to a new way of living and engaging with others.
When talking to clients, family, and friends, anxiety is consistently identified as an emotion that is showing up frequently. It’s important to understand that anxiety is a healthy and adaptive response. Anxiety’s purpose is to keep us safe and out of trouble, so experiencing this emotion while facing a global pandemic makes a lot of sense. But too much anxiety can make it difficult for us to function and that warrants concern.
I have come across some great resources that I wanted to share with you that are all about managing COVID19 anxiety. I plan to write more blogs that will offer you helpful tips and tricks during this time, but I want to recognize the great work that is already out there. Check out these resources below if you’re interested in learning about ways that you can respond helpfully to your anxiety.
- Here’s a helpful webinar that provides some tips and tricks for families: Managing Coronavirus Anxiety: Tips and & Strategies for Families.
- Here’s a site that offers free online meditation resources for times of social distancing/COVID19
- The Child Mind Institute has helpful information on how mindfulness can help.
- There’s a free ebook: How to respond effectively to the Corona crisis.
- Also, check out my blog on Calming the Mind In the Time of the Coronavirus.
- For those in the mental health profession, there’s a good video on Clinical Practice during the COVID19 pandemic.
I hope you find these resources helpful. Please keep in mind that many therapists are providing telehealth services at this time. This is a great way for you to get support from the safety of your home. If you start to feel too overwhelmed emotionally or physiologically, I strongly encourage you to seek the support of a trained professional.
Stay Safe & Be Well.