In an unprecedented time, many of us are looking for help with dealing with anxiety during COVID-19. The first thing you should know is help IS available, and you’ll find it in many different formats.
Today we’re going to discuss some powerful tactics for dealing with anxiety during COVID-19 in Palm Bay, Florida, and beyond.
One method for dealing with anxiety during COVID-19 is speaking with a psychiatrist who can offer mental health support and help that’s right for you. That’s why Restore Health Urgent Care in Palm Bay, Florida, is utilizing the proven Urgent Couch treatment protocols to help you today.
We are partnering with Urgent Couch to provide relief when you need it most. Urgent Couch offers a combination of holistic and medicine-based approaches to help calm your nerves. At the same time, giving you the confidence to operate and do the things you need to do during a tough time.
Founding Urgent Couch with a desire to help people immediately who are struggling with emotional or psychological needs, Dr. Jared Gaines is leading a team that treats people when they need help – NOW. Restore Health Urgent Care is proud to work with him and his protocols to help with this important mission when it is most needed, in this crisis.
You get help with dealing with anxiety during COVID-19 and so much more for just $120 with our current special. We also accept your regular insurance for this special. We offer visits in different formats: either telemedicine or in-office visit. Call us now for help at (321) 312-4580, then press option 4.
Tips for Dealing With Anxiety During COVID-19
Are you feeling overwhelmed? Feeling anxious, stressed, or scared?
During a global pandemic, you could be experiencing a variety of mental health stressors, including:
- Worrying about your health and that of your family members
- Difficulty sleeping or focusing
- Changes in eating or sleeping patterns
- Worsening of chronic health problems and their symptoms
- Worsening of mental illnesses, including an anxiety disorder
- Increased use of alcohol, tobacco, or other substances
The most effective way of dealing with anxiety during COVID-19 is different for everyone. But today we’re going to share some different ways to cope with this stress so you can find the relief you need.
Since the beginning of the COVID-19 outbreak in the United States, many of us have been ordered to stay home. For many of us, that means we’re now working from home as well. As appealing as that concept may have been at first, it can become isolating over the long term.
It might feel like you’re bound to feel this way until the end of the outbreak, but there are things you can do to give yourself a break. Adding structure to your day is a great place to start!
Try writing a rough outline of what each day will look like for the week ahead. On each day, be sure to include time for yourself to take a break from the pressures of work and daily life. Perhaps you give yourself half an hour to take a walk, take a hot bath, or phone a friend.
Whatever it is, it should be something that helps you feel relaxed and rejuvenated.
It’s important to prioritize not only our mental health but also our physical health during this time. When we take care of our bodies, we’re better equipped to deal with whatever life has to throw our way.
Here are some ways to take care of your body that can be done right from home:
- Focus on eating healthy, well-balanced meals
- Find a type of exercise you enjoy and incorporate some form of movement into every day
- Prioritize your sleep and ensure you’re doing whatever you can to get enough good-quality sleep each night
- Make time to stretch, breathe, and meditate
- Avoid alcohol and drugs
Are you curious about the signs and symptoms of Coronavirus? We’ve covered them in this post.
Sometimes taking a half an hour break each day to relax is all you need, but sometimes that’s not enough.
When you begin feeling overwhelmed or like you can’t cope with the stress or demands of everyday life, it’s time to unwind. Maybe this means taking a full day or half-day (or more) to prioritize your mental and physical health.
If your activities are limited due to closures and stay-at-home orders, you might need to get creative with how to do this. Perhaps a backyard campout with your family is what it takes to ground yourself and regroup. But whatever it is, make sure you take this time to unwind before things get worse.
If you’re feeling isolated and alone, it’s essential to find ways to connect. And even though we’re ordered to practice social distancing in many places, this doesn’t mean we can’t stay connected! It might just mean we need to get more creative with how we do this.
You may have noticed an increase in social media activity lately, and this is just one way people are staying connected. Just be sure to focus on following and finding content that makes you feel good, rather than adding more stress and anxiety to your life.
Some other ideas include scheduling regular phone calls or video calls with friends and loved ones. You might even try something you haven’t done in a while like mailing a letter.
Interestingly enough, one of the best ways to make yourself feel better is by doing something for someone else. Not only does this get us out of our own head, but it also means making someone else’s day brighter.
There are all sorts of ways to give back.
Here are just a few ideas:
- Donate your money or time
- Foster a pet
- Gather unused items in your home for donation
- Practicing a kind act like mowing your neighbor’s lawn, baking them cookies, or offering to help in another way
Helping Children Cope
Helping children cope during this time can be challenging. Often, children deal with stress and anxiety in different ways than adults. They also might need different resources or help than adults.
The World Health Organization has shared some tips for helping children cope with stress during COVID-19. Their advice includes a reminder that children may respond to stress by being more clingy, anxious, withdrawing, angry or agitated, bedwetting, etc. They encourage you to respond to your child’s reactions in a supportive way and listen to their concerns.
Here are some of the actionable tips they offer:
- Give them extra time and attention.
- Remember to listen to your children, speak kindly, and reassure them.
- If possible, create opportunities for the child to play, relax, and unwind.
- Keep to regular routines and schedules as much as possible. Help create new ones in a new environment, including school/learning as well as time for safely playing and relaxing
Then, they go on to explain how to talk to your child about COVID-19:
“Provide facts about what has happened, explain what is going on now, and give them clear information about how to reduce their risk of being infected by the disease in words that they can understand depending on their age. This also includes providing information about what could happen in a reassuring way (e.g. a family member and/or the child may start not feeling well and may have to go to the hospital for some time so doctors can help them feel better).”
Restore Health Urgent Care
Even during COVID-19, urgent care clinics like Restore Health Urgent Care want to provide quality care to those with non-life-threatening issues. We can help you with many illnesses and injuries without you having to set foot in a waiting room.
Are you curious about the services we offer? Take a look at some of the common illnesses and injuries we treat. Or click here to find out more:
- Pink eye
- Back pain
- Insect bites
- Muscle strain and sprain
- Sports injuries
And many other illnesses and injuries.
Remember, Restore Health Urgent Care is here for you during this difficult time! Would you like to arrange a telemedicine visit for a non-life-threatening illness or injury, including mental health support? Call us at (321) 312-4580 and press 4.