As the world continues to fight through this global pandemic, people experience various emotions from sadness to frustration to fear, especially in a dense city like New York. It can be tough taking care of your mental health and feeling positive when the world is in such distress.
Here are three tips for dealing with the pandemic without fear.
Fear often stems from a lack of information or understanding, so one of the best ways to reduce your anxiety is to research the virus so you don’t feel so in the dark.
Staying informed does not mean you should be picking up your phone to check CNN every twenty minutes or have FOX news on in the background all day long. Give yourself time and space away from the current state of things, but don’t become ignorant or disconnected from the situation.
Humans lean on one another during hard times, and the pandemic should be no exception. Even if you are social-distancing or isolated at home, reach out to your friends, family, and people you see routinely.
Don’t let valuable connections fade or sit on the back burner because the instability in the world consumes you. In supporting others, you will, in turn, feel supported and connected to people even if you can’t be physically with them.
Prioritize Your Mental Health
It can be easy to let yourself slip into poor habits and moods when the world is in such a sad state. Some people feel less inclined to focus on their mental health when they don’t have many social interactions.
On the contrary, this is one of the most crucial times to reach out to professionals to maintain your mind. So whether this means medication or meditation, make sure you keep your mental wellness as your top priority.
Just remember, you are not alone in your feelings of fear and stress.