The recent coronavirus news has been incredibly difficult for everyone — but especially for people who have anxiety or obsessive-compulsive disorder.
So what are some things you can do to manage your anxiety during this super stressful time?
For answers, I spoke to Marina Gershkovich, a clinical psychologist in New York, who reported that the majority of her patients with anxiety disorders and contamination-related OCD had noticed a significant increase in their overall anxiety. "Patients with generalized anxiety disorder report feeling very on edge and difficulty controlling their worries, spending a significant amount of time thinking about the uncertainty of the future," she told BuzzFeed. Gershkovich shared these six tips to help people manage their anxiety during the coronavirus pandemic.
1. First, know that it's okay to feel anxious.
2. However, don't be afraid to speak to a mental health professional — especially if you're struggling to get through the day.
3. Limit your news consumption.
4. And only trust verified sources.
5. But don't exceed the recommended behavior, as it can actually increase anxiety.
6. And finally, make time to do things that you enjoy.
If some of the things in this list were familiar, you might want to look into ways to take care of yourself. So here are some quick resources:
Maybe you want to learn more about starting therapy, since pretty much everyone can benefit from talking to a professional.
You can learn more about anxiety disorders here.
Here are little ways to be less anxious in general and here are some self-care tips.
And if you need to talk to someone immediately, the US National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is 1-800-273-8255. A list of international suicide hotlines can be found here.