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Health Experts Offer Tips To Ease Your Coronavirus-Induced Anxiety
By Thanussha Priyah, 20 Mar 2020
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The flow of news related to the coronavirus outbreak can be overwhelming to some, as it has forced people out of their routines and shows no signs of stopping.
To offer a little peace of mind, Vogue UK asked health professionals to share some insightful tips to help people keep calm and cope with anxieties incited by the COVID-19 spread. Here are some of them.
Have a regular routine
With things seeming to spin out of control, it’s crucial for you to stick to a routine as it helps in providing you a sense of familiarity. “With so much uncertainty, sticking to your routine can really help maintain a sense of normality,” Deirdre Kehoe, director of services at children’s mental health charity YoungMinds, told Vogue UK.
Obtain the right information
The internet has spurred a plethora of information regarding the COVID-19 wave. However, this has also led to a flurry of fake news. This worrisome misinformation can definitely pile on the concerns of anyone who is already experiencing anxiety regarding the virus. Therefore, stick to credible sources like the World Health Organization or Centers for disease control and prevention.
Vice chair of Royal College of Psychiatrists’ Faculty of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Dr Jon Goldin, detailed that the “scaremongering occurring on social media and sharing of inaccurate information” can eventually “exacerbate the understandable anxiety that people are feeling.”
Uphold good hygiene practices
As an attempt to prevent yourself from contracting the virus, practice good hygiene routines like regularly washing your hands to not only kill germs, but also help you feel better about the situation as you are doing something about it.
Stay healthy during this period by limiting unhealthy food and getting adequate sleep at night. Dr Goldin told the publication that looking after yourself will increase your immune system to fight against the virus.
For more advice from health professionals, head on over here.
[via Vogue UK, cover image via Shutterstock]
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