Tips to cope with anxiety related to COVID-19

Posted at 10:28 PM, Apr 02, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-03 11:06:02-04

COLORADO SPRINGS — If all the uncertainty surrounding COVID-19 has got you feeling bogged down, we have some tips that will help empower you and turn things around.

The important thing to remember is you are not alone, and there are people you can talk to.

Licensed Professional Counselor Sara Mann, who works at Thriveworks Counseling in Colorado Springs, says there are two main sources of anxiety for folks right now: fear of the unknown and loss of control.

She says to avoid getting caught in a spiral of worry, you should check in with yourself. Figure out what it is you're afraid of, and think about whether it's important to be concerned over or if you can let it go.

She also suggests connecting with people within your circle of friends that are calm, and can relate to you.

"We find ourselves being stuck, thinking about the worst-case scenario. And, once we're in that spiral, it can be really hard to get out and so, what I recommend is, the first, best thing to do is talk to somebody," Mann suggested. "Talk to anybody: family, friends, somebody that's living with you in the house. Reach out, and talk on the phone."

Self-care should also be a priority. So, make time for things you enjoy. Changing your perspective can also help. Rather than thinking of this time as something negative, you can think of it as an opportunity to bond with your family and try new things.

"Families have started a new Netflix show, and they're having family time watching that. Other families are having each kid, like, cook something new on a different night. And so, they're learning how to cook," Mann said, explaining how the families she counsels are making the most of this extra time.

"Years from now, we're going to look back and we'll be like, 'Remember that crazy time that we got all silly and goofy because we were all pent up?'"

Thriveworks Counseling also has free tips online about how to cope with anxiety related to COVID-19. You can find those here. They are also offering customized tips for senior citizens and parents.