Anxiety in a COVID-19 World
HAVE YOU EVER FELT NERVOUS, TENSE, OR FEARFUL? What about a feeling of restlessness. panic attacks, or a rapid heart rate? Fast breathing? Hyperventilation? I know how you feel because I’ve struggled with anxiety, and to a lesser extent with depression for most of my life. The solution though can be as simple as a change in lifestyle.
Trying to control your anxiety is hard to do in today’s society but I think I have the answer to “how to control your anxiety.” I wish I had the answer on how to control my anxiety when I realized I suffered from anxiety. How did I cope? I stayed busy. I worked two jobs, sometimes three jobs, I got emersed in hobbies, in general I just stayed busy. A busy mind is a mind too preoccupied to worry.
RESEARCH SHOWS HAVING A CLOSE relative with anxiety problems may increase your chances of experiencing anxiety yourself, however, there’s not enough evidence to show whether this is the case or not. Everyone’s experience of anxiety is different, so it’s hard to know exactly what causes anxiety problems.
Although we may share common genes which makes us more vulnerable to developing anxiety, or because we learn particular ways of thinking and behaving from our parents and other family members as we grow up the cost of “just living with it” can be high. The cost of living with anxiety can effect a person’s social life by instilling a fear of social situations and of being judged or humiliated by others or can spark panic attacks, spontaneous feelings of anxiety, terror, or impending doom. The benefits of controlling your anxiety is a healthier life.
There’s a new twist to being diagnosed with anxiety and that is just having anxiety in a COVID-19 world. Having to worry about catching COVID along with making sure we cover-up, social distance properly, and getting immunized can cause an onslaught of panic attacks even on somebody who stays on top of their anxiety. Add to that not seeing loved ones, self-isolation, shielding, missing school, and working from home and it’s a wonder suicide isn’t lurking around the corner.