With panic buying erupting around us because of COVID-19 it’s so difficult not to get caught up in the anxiety driven panic yourself.
But, if you do feel yourself slipping into COVID-19 panic mode, try these 4 handy tips.
Disclaimer: for professional advice, please contact a health professional.
1. Feel It, Then Let It Go
It sounds counterintuitive to do this but believe it or not, feeling your emotions and acknowledging them for what they are helps you move past them.
So if you’re feeling anxious, angry or even sad, acknowledge it and let yourself feel it. Don’t brood on that feeling however. Simply feel it for a short period of time, say 15 minutes, then get practical with your thinking.
Practical thinking isn’t the easiest when panic surrounds you, but the more you practice the easier it will get.
2. Keep A Routine
Keeping a routine is one of the best ways to stay out of panic mode. I know for a lot of people during this time their regular routine had been majorly interrupted because of COVID-19, but there are still parts that remain. For instance, waking up and going to bed at the same time. Even keeping a consistent dinner time can help.
Deborah Serani, psychologist and author of “Sometimes When I’m Sad” suggests it might even be worth starting some creative activities at home that you can do and find a sense of soothing control in.
3. Limit Consumed Media
Constantly hearing about alarming news that may or may not be correct is hands down stress and anxiety fueling. That’s why Black Dog Institute suggests limiting how much you surround yourself with it.
Yes, it is good to stay informed, but the best way to do that is by going to the source rather than hearing it through a third party who might sensationalise it or get the facts a bit wrong.
From first hand experience, I find setting myself a daily limit on how long I can listen or read the news helps wonders in reducing my anxiety about it all.
4. Get Exercising
You’ve heard it before no doubt, but exercising is so important for your mind just as much as it is for your body.
According to Health Direct, “In your brain, exercise stimulates chemicals that improve your mood and the parts of the brain responsible for memory and learning.”
So get out and get exercising when you can. You could even make it part of your routine!
To make things even easier just remember that exercising can be as simple as a walk. Because every little bit counts.
If you or somebody you know is struggling with anxiety, depression or other mental illnesses, contact the below services for more information and support.
Counselling services for anyone at any time.
Phone 13 11 14
Information and referral for depression and anxiety.
Phone 1300 224 636
Support, counselling and education for parents.
Phone 1300 301 300
Support for family, friends and carers of people with mental illness.
Phone 1800 351 881