In the face of this outbreak, everybody feels the same. You can picture everyone having different levels of anxiety, stress, anger, confusion, and depression. Understandably, no one’s mental state is safe at this pandemic. All of us suffer from emotional and physical dilemmas as well. Since our mind is not capable of weighing data and creating decisions based on raw facts, we form things we can easily remember. That is why we often think about the future adverse effects of the situation. It is easy to look forward to it rather than staying positive without having no clue what could happen next.
Getting anxious about everything in this COVID-19 global health crisis pretty much takes a toll on all of us. It somehow heightens our emotions and makes us react differently to things around us. Some of our actions result in positive, while others end up in a nasty approach. Perhaps there is no one to blame for that because we are all stuck in this situation. All we have is the thought of things getting more complicated as days go by.
The Worst Thing About Anxiety
Commonly, not all of us are capable of shaking the anxiety away. There is too much damage that we visually see in the news. There are these images of millions of people wearing masks, the increasing number of families in the evacuation areas, and the unpredicted deaths of individuals from the virus itself. Those are the images in our heads that are easy to remember. And since it gets combined with a lot of concerns and fear, it forms a different level of anxiety. Thus, it becomes mentally harder for us to break apart the associations of negative thoughts in our head because we feel exposed to the danger. So how can we move on and get on with our daily lives despite this pointless anxiety we have?
One of the things that entirely fuels anxiety is “uncertainty.” Yes, we do not have all the answers as to when this pandemic would end. And even though we somehow have an idea where it originated, we do not know how to stop the spread of the virus. We do not know what’s going to happen in the future. Therefore, the more uncertainty we deal with, the more anxiety-related thoughts and experiences count. So for all those reasons, our mind gets stuck with the idea that we will all soon end up getting infected.
Honestly, it is quite okay to feel anxious because it keeps us mindful. It allows us to become more concerned about our environment and the current things around us. It provides us enough information to be cautious with our actions concerning this public health concern. In a way, it protects us and keeps us aware of the danger this Coronavirus has. However, in most conditions, anxiety negatively gets us.
Usually, the Coronavirus anxiety gets in the way of our lives when we find ourselves worrying excessively even without reason. Sometimes we feel too tense and aggravated with the situation that it gives us stomach distress. Sometimes we also find it hard to focus on what we do and often end up changing our daily routines. We either avoid or do things excessively. It can include unnecessary washing of our hands, using too many disinfectants in the house, and taking a lot of supplements. We know it is an anxiety problem when it takes us to an extreme approach only to be safe from this infectious disease.
This anxiety caused by the COVID-19 virus is mental torture. So to everyone experiencing this psychological issue, please allow yourselves to practice habits that can strengthen mental health.