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Anxiety is a normal emotion that we all feel. Anxiety happens in two places - our body and our mind. When we are anxious our body reacts; we may have temperature changes (sweat or chills). Our heart rate increases and it becomes harder to breath. We may feel like we are on edge and start fidgeting, biting our nails, playing with our hair or shaking our legs. Along with the physiological changes, our thought processes change. We may have catastrophic thoughts, negative thinking, and stuck thinking. We may find it hard to focus or concentrate on anything. Both symptoms in our mind and body impact our sleep, appetite and our reactions to others.
We can feel particularly anxious when we feel like we have no control in the situation. Perfect example, COVID 19. We as Americans are used to having unlimited freedom. We get to stay out as late as we want, travel to any country, eat out, and enjoy parks/museums/theaters. We get to do as we please! And, now all of a sudden, it feels like our freedom has been taken away and some people are panicking. Panic can look different for each of us. While some are hoarding cases of toilet paper and water, others are constantly googling answers to their questions.
I get it, this is a scary time. But trust me when I say, DON'T PANIC. We actually have more control and freedom in this pandemic than you think! If you make the conscious choice to social distance, wash your hands (for at least 20 seconds) and stay healthy (mind and body), things will be okay.
To reduce your anxiety regarding COVID 19, follow these 4 easy steps.