The coronavirus pandemic has taken over the world since March. According to the Huffington Post, this pandemic has been the focus of everyone’s worries lately. Learning about what others are concerned about right now can help you better relate these problems to your own anxiety, since you are likely experiencing many of the same issues.
There are people right now who are still able to work outside of home, like healthcare professionals, delivery drivers, postal workers, garbage collectors, and food service industry workers. These people are facing physical, mental, and emotional exhaustion as there is a strain being placed on these industries in various ways — many individuals are ending up in the hospital, visiting grocery stores more than ever before, getting items delivered, or needing food to be made and delivered. People are also being burned out just from working at home, as they may be dealing with new changes like virtual meetings or submitting projects online.
With new changes, the anxiety of waiting for this pandemic to be over, and taking on new responsibilities with children and/or coworkers can take a toll on mental health. Currently, we are not allowed to do many of the things we like to do and cannot visit people outside of our household.
Going out to try new things, go to new events, or try a new restaurant have all been put on hold. The only efforts that are available to ease burnout are just at-home activities like meditation, yoga, calling a friend or relative on the phone, or speaking to your boss about what to do.
Worries of Family
There are a lot of people who are worried about their families or people living in their home who are constantly going to the grocery store or coming back from work. Those outside of your household who may be living near where there are more outbreaks can also be a concern, especially if you may end up coming into contact with them at the store or elsewhere.
You may also know individuals who are not taking social distancing seriously and constantly leave the house to see company when they should be at home. You know you may not have control over the actions of your peers, which can make your anxiety worse.
The best thing you can do is advise your peers of your worries and know that they will likely be fine as long as they are taking the proper precautions, like wearing masks and gloves. If you still feel anxious after this, try journaling your feelings and other relaxation tactics to avoid keeping these feelings in.
Guilty About Being Happy
There are also some people who are enjoying being in quarantine. It can give them a break from having to drive to work, and provides them with the freedom to catch up on a show, read, relax, or even learn new skills, since a lot of online classes are free for the duration of the pandemic. This also gives them an opportunity to spend time with family or take a break from social events.
They feel guilty for being happy about being home, knowing there are others out there who are suffering. When some joy comes to them, they feel horrible for feeling good in the midst of a pandemic. Instead of being hard on yourself, consider yourself lucky for finding happiness in a dark time. This optimism can make you feel good throughout these hardships.
Grieving Loss of Old Life
When people normally go to therapy to grieve, it is normally over a person or a pet. This time, people are grieving over the life they have lost. Their normal routine of going to the office is gone. Any plans they made over the next few months are gone. There are also a lot of people who have lost their jobs because of this pandemic.
Once you understand that what you are dealing with is grief, you can allow yourself to cry and seek comfort in others who are probably dealing with the same feelings as you. Acknowledging your grief enables you to move forward, as everything tends to feel better the next day.
Uncertainty of the Future
People tend to want control over their lives. Not knowing what is going to happen next can be a scary thought, particularly since we are living in uncertain times. This pandemic could go on for months or years, leading to unpredictable circumstances.
For example, graduating seniors who are uncertain what their first year of college will be like, and those who have moved their elderly parents to assisted living facilities or are in between jobs are all dealing with the unknown. I
t is a hard concept to believe that something as crucial as the coronavirus pandemic could change the course of our lives. It is important to not think so much about the future, as no one will be able to predict it. Instead, just take everything one day at a time.
An Anxious World
The pandemic teaches us just how many people are dealing with anxiety right now. Before this pandemic, there were people struggling with it for years. Now, a lot of people are developing it as a result of the pandemic. Since this has been a battle you have been struggling with for years, you are well aware of how to deal with it, and can likely manage it better than others.
They can now relate to how you have been feeling for so long, and you can offer advice on how you treat and manage your anxiety. Through these shared experiences, we can unite and brave through this pandemic together.
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