Managing Fear and Anxiety During the COVID-19 Outbreak

Covid 19

During the current coronavirus pandemic, people will have a tendency to experience increased stress and fear. These feelings can be both concerning and overwhelming where you can have increased anxiety, depression, and panic attacks. It is important for you to understand that you can reduce these symptoms and negative feelings by being calm and taking a positive approach to the situation by controlling the things you can control – your thoughts, feelings, and behaviors.

Ways that fear and anxiety can affect us personally

  • Increased concern for your own health, your family’s health, and your co-workers health
  • Increased risk and symptoms of chronic health conditions such as diabetes, mental health, and pain-related concerns
  • Changing sleep patterns where you get less sleep and less quality sleep
  • Reduced focus when doing your work or everyday activities
  • Increased risky behaviors such as alcohol, tobacco, and drug usage
  • Increased irritability with situations and people

Ways you can manage yourself and reduce the frequency and severity of being anxious and fearful:

  • Think positive thoughts, keep a positive attitude and have a positive outlook that everything will be ok
  • Keep a routine where you continue to do your daily activities whether working or being at home
  • Focus on getting enough quality sleep everyday
  • Know the facts and reduce the need to make COVID-19 the basis of many discussions
  • Take all the necessary precautions to prevent transmission – social distancing, frequent hand washing for at least 20 seconds each time, not touching your face, and wearing masks when in public
  • Reduce the amount of reading & watching news coverage and/or social media posts related to COVID-19
  • Take time to relax, rest, and do deep breathing exercises to reduce the effects of stress
  • Do not stock up on unnecessary material items
  • Focus on love and support with your family and friends
  • Do activities which you enjoy and do more fun family things such as board games, reading books and backyard recreation
  • Use technology such as video calls to keep up with family, friends, and co-workers
  • Help out others such as older adults and high risk people by delivering some groceries or supplies

As we go through this pandemic, you can stay calm, be proactive in your approach, and be less reactive to misinformation. Knowing the signs of increased fear and anxiety and practicing positive behaviors will help you in managing your stress and response to stress. Keep up with RF&G Life information on our website, this blog, and on our social media sites. Call our offices for specific information as to your resources and benefits in your policy. Be safe, be healthy, and be well.