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I am more anxious than usual. How can I cope?

Living in a pandemic is a very stressful time for everyone. As COVID-19 has impacted society in many different ways, it also has a different effect on every person. Feelings of uncertainty and fear are normal during these unprecedented times, but prolonged bouts of sadness and debilitating fear can point to more serious mental health needs that need to be processed with a certified mental health professional.

Stress is an ordinary part of our lives. Certain factors, however, especially something as big as a pandemic can change the way you usually cope with stressful situations. Depending on your background, your support system among family and friends, your financial situation, the state of your health and emotional background, where you live, and many other factors, you may experience this pandemic differently than you would any other stressful life circumstances.

The way in which public health regulates social interaction to contain the spread of the virus can affect anyone. Even the most optimistic and resilient of us can have days filled with uncertainty and despair. Most people have ways of coping with stress and anxiety.

However, if you are feeling isolated due to the public health measures that minimize social activity with your loved ones, and you notice yourself becoming more paranoid, have less energy to meet your daily needs, and prefer little to no interaction with other people, it is highly encouraged that you seek the help of a professional who can help you navigate your emotions and create ways of coping during this time.

Consider doing telehealth with a certified healthcare provider, and create a regular schedule to talk and create a path towards recovery. If you are already working with a healthcare provider for mental health prior to COVID-19, don’t lose touch now. Continue seeing your provider using telehealth, make sure you follow your treatment plan, and stay physically and mentally fit while sheltering in place.

Source: NIMH, CDC

This article was written and edited by the Tayo editorial desk and has been reviewed by an independent panel of subject matter experts.

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