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Ways to deal with Coronaphobia or Covid anxiety

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Smrithi Mohan
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We tried to jot down few ways that may help you deal with anxiety and stress during these times.

Times have become so much more difficult now. Social media has become a place where people are asking for help and searching for Covid-19 relief resources. With so much happening around and on social media, getting overwhelmed is understandable. All we need is to not feel helpless and to calm ourselves. Even though many of us are safe at home, working or attending online classes, we may find ourselves struggling mentally. Mental health is an important aspect that many of us tend to ignore or not pay heed to in such trying times.



With lockdown being a compulsory measure to help reduce the spread, many of us may feel lonely and alone. Hence, it is important for us to take care of our mental health. People may end up with Coronaphobia, which is a term coined by researchers last year. The term describes a new type of anxiety-related specifically to COVID-19. It is the panic or the alarm of instant stress that people face during the pandemic. Researchers have defined it as, "an excessive triggered response of fear of contracting the virus causing COVID-19, leading to accompanied excessive concern over physiological symptoms, significant stress about personal and occupational loss, increased reassurance and safety-seeking behaviours, and avoidance of public places and situations, causing marked impairment in daily life functioning."

We should all know and realise that we are not alone in this and that we have our loved ones who care for us. There are always ways that one can deal with anxiety. We tried to jot down few ways that may help you deal with anxiety and stress during these times.

Take look at these:

Have virtual talks with your friends

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Try meditation

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Listen to old songs

Try listening to Lofi and Ambient Music

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Start a hobby

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Read books

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Paint

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Regularize your sleep cycle

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Try out the trending challenges

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Make an effort to learn new things

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Spend less time checking the COVID updates

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Take a social media detox

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Take care of your body

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Binge on fun shows and movies

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Discuss those shows with your friends

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Have game nights with your family

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Try helping people however you can

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Most importantly, realize it is okay to be anxious. Don't shy away from asking for help

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Please take care of yourself!!

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