If coronavirus scares you, read this to take control over your health anxiety
(*By The Guardian)
A pandemic is fertile ground for those who suffer from anxiety – here’s a short guide on how to manage it.
1) Avoid the (health-related) news: Try having a news detox, or allocating yourself a time limit for reading or watching news. If you’re really worried about missing something crucial, you can always tell friends and family to contact you in the event of an emergency situation in order to keep you informed.
2) Try not to seek constant reassurance: Your brain creates a feedback cycle where you become increasingly reliant on reassurance, which only serves to reinforce the anxiety. It’s natural to want your loved ones to tell you things will be OK, but when you start needing that reassurance several times a day it’s time to take a step back.
3) Introduce an absolute ban on Googling symptoms: Dr Google is not, and never will be, your friend, especially not when you are a sufferer of health anxiety. Nor will message-boards and forums.
4) Try a countering technique: This is a CBT exercise which involves giving a persistent thought the courtroom treatment, by confronting it with a rational counter-statement. For example, if your persistent thought is something like “Everyone I love will die from this virus” you can counter it with factual statements such as “Actually, most people who get Covid-19 are likely to make a full recovery. “Just because you think something, doesn’t make it true.”
5) Do some exercise: Even if it’s just star jumps in your bedroom, exercise will help get the adrenaline out of your system and channel the panic elsewhere.
6) Breathing and grounding exercises: From guided yogic breathing to using a strong smell (I favored lavender oil), grounding exercises can help bring you back to reality.
7) Allocate yourself a daily “worry period”: Give yourself half an hour to worry about this to your heart’s content, and then you have to go and do something else.
8) Treat yourself: Anything that will give you a little boost can help. It doesn’t need to involve spending money: you can also cook yourself something nice, have a hot bath, or listen to a song you love.
9) Remember that your anxious state isn’t permanent: When you are in it, anxiety always feels as though it will never end, but it will. It’s hard to remember this, but do try. Be kind to yourself. It may be a bit cheesy, but this too shall pass.
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As you know, coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to affect a growing number of people in the U.S. and around the world. There have been cases confirmed throughout Georgia. As we work together, your health and safety remain the top priorities. Remember to wash your hands even more often than usual, avoid touching your face and stay home if you are sick.
You can find the guidelines at: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/php/risk-assessment.html
We are encouraging all that feel comfortable with telemental health (skype like video conference) as an option to reduce exposure to others as several insurance companies now cover this modality of treatment.
World Mental Health Day October
World Mental Health Day highlights mental health education, awareness, and advocacy against the social stigma. Treatment and support are available for those who need it—but the door to conversation must be open.
How to Observe World Mental Health Day
Check out the World Federation for Mental Health website. Learn about resources and activities taking place around the world and near you.
1. Organize a conversation in your office or community
Start your own conversation about what it takes to be healthy in body and mind by organizing an event with your friends and neighbors. It can be a powerful way to
learn more about each other and strengthen support networks close to home.
2. Educate yourself on mental health and share an important stat on social media
Chances are there is a lot about depression or OCD you don’t know—who is most affected? When is the earliest people show symptoms? What are the tell-tale
symptoms? Find out something you didn’t know and make sure to tell your friends.
Why World Mental Health Day is Important
1. World Mental Health Day helps create awareness and action on a global scale
2. World Mental Health Day starts a conversation about mental health and well being that helps reduce the stigma associated with mental health illnesses,
and could lead to more people seeking support and treatment.
The day offers an opportunity to reflect and take ownership of mental well being.
We are all juggling a lot—stress, disappointment, grief—and all these emotions can add up. World Mental Health Day allows an opportunity to think about mental health issues and make changes if necessary.
It’s not just about your mental health. You don’t need to have depression, anxiety or any other mental health disorder to make a difference today. Educating yourself and offering support to your
community can help everyone’s health.
So today try to connect with others, exercise, make time for self care!
*This article is credited to https://wfmh.global/world/world
Summertime is officially here! Take some time to get out and socialize with friends or make new friends. Interacting with others is good for mental health and research shows it helps boost your mental health, live longer and improves brain function as we continue to age. So get out and volunteer, visit with friends, attend a Synagogue/Church/Temple/Mosque, go to a meetup or exercise with others.
Enjoy the summer!