There’s no doubt that COVID-19 has brought with it a whole new wave of anxiety and concerns for everyone, from the preschool child to adults. As a university student, you’re probably having to adjust to new ways of living and learning on top of the concerns of COVID.
What can we do to stave off the flood of COVID anxiety so that we are not overwhelmed? We’d like to offer a few tips which may help in getting through these uncertain times.
COVID anxiety and depression
Keeping your worries and stresses to yourself simply doesn’t help. It’s at times of difficulty that we need the input of other people who care about us. These different opinions and thoughts tend to offer a different perspective on our challenges which can help us to understand our response to things and may lessen their intensity.
Doing things that we enjoy, especially outdoors, has a way of taking us out of our head. It’s too easy to fall down the rabbit-hole of despair when we’re alone or have chosen to isolate ourselves with only the TV for company. Getting out with others and engaging in a physical activity gets the happy hormones flowing and will always help to lift our spirits.
Choose reading material wisely
Whether you’re reading the latest updates on the COVID pandemic on social channels or news feeds, or you’re watching it unfold on the news, you need to be aware of the time and mental energy you are expending on this information. Is it always true? Is it helpful? Can it help you?
The media is well-known for hyping up the public and creating sensationalist stories to get more clicks or more readers. This may help their marketing department, but it doesn’t help your mental state.
By all means, stay educated, but don’t immerse yourself in the media and let them control your mind and mental health.
Seek professional help
If you find that the anxiety that you are feeling over the COVID situation is going to overwhelm you, then it’s a good idea to seek professional help. Talking with a qualified psychologist or even your university counsellor will help you to deal with the emotions that you are facing.
Yes, this is a tough time for all of us, but you can control your thoughts, feelings and reaction to the COVID situation and keep yourself from suffering anxiety or depression.