Do You Have Coronavirus Response Anxiety?
This seems to be on everyone's mind, so I think it's time to address it.
Everywhere I go, people are talking about it--at work, among my friends, in public places.
The media is always reporting it, mainly because fear is good for business. But it's also become a legitimate threat to millions of people around the world.
Still, what has given me more anxiety than the threat of coronavirus is the way others are responding to it.
I know I can't be alone.
If You Also Have Coronavirus Response Anxiety
This is how I'm coping. Maybe it will work for you.
I'm focusing on legitimate sources of information. I'm reviewing medical websites, such as the sites of well-known hospitals like the Mayo Clinic and Johns Hopkins, to get medical updates. It seems obvious, but so much of our news comes from social media these days that it can be a revolutionary act to seek out authoritative sources of information.
I'm limiting my media time. I already avoid TV as much as I can, but I'm doing it even more now. Every TV I pass is sounding coronavirus alarms. Some of this is legitimate. Most of it is designed to captivate viewers for hours on end.
I'm remembering to spend time doing things that I enjoy. When it seems the whole world is swept up in a panic, it can be easy to forget that there are others things to do with your time. I know I'm guilty of this. But, these days, I do whatever I can to protect my reading and writing time. These two activities bring me great joy. They calm me down. They keep me centered.
What do all of these strategies have in common?
They are focused on intentional living. A huge part of anxiety, at least for me, is living a reactive lifestyle. If I get caught up in other people's anxiety, I lose myself.
I've learned to become more mindful of this over time.
It is NOT easy to do. But it's worth it.