Tips for coping with COVID-19 (coronavirus) anxiety

During these uncertain times of COVID-19 (coronavirus) it’s common to feel overwhelmed and worried. With such rapid change occurring in our lives it’s to be expected to a degree. Where this becomes problematic is if we fail to manage the stress.

Seeking support when needed early can alleviate the anxiety and distress allowing you to face challenges effectively.

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Strategies for coping with coronavirus anxiety

  • Seek factual information and limit media exposure.
  • Keeping things in perspective.
  • Take reasonable precautions.
  • Practice self-care.
  • Seek support when needed.

Download ‘Tips for coping with coronavirus anxiety’ information sheetAustralian Psychological Society

Strategies for managing social isolation

  • Stay connected to friends and family.
  • Avoid difficult situations with others you may be in isolation with. Promote harmony and limit conflict.
  • Structure your day so there is a sense of purpose, achievement and normality.
  • If working from home; set up a dedicated workspace, keep to a schedule, limit distractions and stay connected to work colleagues.

Download ‘Maintaining your mental health during social isolation’ information sheetAustralian Psychological Society

Supporting children in understanding coronavirus and social isolation
Children are very resilient, but they do pick up their cues from the adults that surround them.

  • Answer their questions honestly and age appropriately. Don’t overwhelm them with too much information.
  • Acknowledge their anxiety. Check their understanding about the virus and correct any misunderstandings.
  • Explain what they can do to keep safe (give them a sense of control).
  • Encourage them to stay connected (by phone / video link) with people that they may be worried about (eg grandparents).
  • Set a daily routine if self-isolating as this provides a sense of security and normality
  • Encourage them to stay connected with friends and family members. Be mindful that social media information accessed by older children can increase anxiety and may not be accurate.
  • Spend quality time and have fun. In our busy lives time together can be a precious commodity.

Cognitive Reframing Self-Isolation

My friends and I can't see each other My friends and I are protecting each other
I'm stuck at home I'm safe at home
I have lost my freedom I have relinquished my freedom for a good cause
I miss the things I love I am increasing my gratitude for the things I love
Source: The Depression Project