It’s all over the news, social media platforms, and what everyone seems to be talking about – the Coronavirus. For weeks, this virus has been spreading throughout the world, taking more and more lives each and every day. Amidst all of this chaos and unknown, it’s almost impossible not to experience some kind of fear or anxiety related to what’s happening. But, especially for individuals recovering from addiction and eating disorders, this added anxiety and fear can be not only problematic but dangerous. As a person in recovery, it’s important for you to be dealing with anxiety and stress levels, as the increase in these emotions can lead to high-risk relapse. Fortunately, there are a few things individuals in the recovery community can do to manage stress and anxiety as a result of the Coronavirus.
Decipher Truth from Reality
The media can spread fear and false information fast. And, during a time like this, it can be easy to believe anything that you may see or hear. In order to wrangle this fear, it’s important to determine what information is true and what is false. The best way to determine fact from fiction is to turn to dependable sources which get their information from scientific statistics and evidence. For example, The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), which is a government-run organization that uses scientific sources to provide accurate information about Coronavirus symptoms, underlying medical conditions, and how to keep your family safe.
Use Proper Defence Strategies
Certainly, if we knew how to stop the spread of this virus effectively and efficiently, we’d be doing so. But, fortunately, while there are a lot of unknowns surrounding the Coronavirus, there are some things we know. For example, how we can stop the spread of certain bacteria which can lead to its development. According to the CDC and other reputable sources, some precautions we can take to slow the spread of this virus include washing your hands thoroughly and routinely, not touching your face, and staying away from large groups of people. When it comes to dealing with anxiety about this current situation, taking these precautions can allow you the peace of mind in knowing you’re doing what you can.
Dealing with Stress Levels While Social Distancing
One way that the CDC and other reputable sources say will be effective in slowing the progression of this virus is to practice social distancing. Essentially, when people who are both sick and infected stay away from others, the virus won’t spread to as many people as it would if we didn’t distance ourselves from one another. So, this means staying at home and keeping to yourself.
Fortunately, being at home during your at-home quarantine can give you time to deal with your stress and anxiety surrounding this epidemic. For example, while you have the time, work on self-care initiatives that help with dealing with stress. Try reading a book, practicing your meditation techniques, doing some home yoga stretches, and even at-home workouts. All of these activities allow you to spend some quality one-on-one time with yourself. And, can even help to reduce stress levels.
Don’t Forget to Keep in Touch with Your Support
Recovering individuals strive when they have a solid support group surrounding them. But, obviously, it can be hard to get together with your support group when we’re all stuck at home. So, strive to keep in touch with your recovery support through other means; texting, emailing, calling, and through social media. Being together in person is certainly best. But, staying in touch through technology can give you the support you need when the stress is getting to you.
Don’t Let the Negative Get to You
Finally, the most important thing you can do to protect your recovery during this trying time is to stay positive. While this is certainly easier said than done, it’s important when dealing with anxiety to try to look on the bright side. Remember, everything can always get worse. So, if you haven’t yet contracted the virus, try to keep in mind that you’re one of the lucky ones. And, that others out there have it even worse than you. Furthermore, try to see the positive in the situation by identifying the silver lining. For instance, the fact that you get to spend some more time by yourself for self-care, that you’ll get to spend more time with family, and that you have time to get some things done around the house.
Reaching out for Help When Dealing with Anxiety
If you still find yourself dealing with anxiety at high levels due to the Coronavirus even after practicing some of these tips, there is help available.
Willow Place for Women is here for families affected by the Coronavirus in multiple ways. And, can give you direction of what to do when stress levels become overwhelming. To reach out to us, please contact us on our website. Or, give us a call for a confidential conversation at 1-888-651-4212.