How are you handling anxiety in this time of COVID-19?

Posted by tnmama @tnmama, Fri, Mar 20 9:39pm

I have health anxiety and I have noticed this coronavirus stuff makes it tons worse. I am constantly looking at the numbers

@tnmama , although my anxiety is under control compared to years past, I, too, find that I am reacting to the events precipitated by the pandemic. I am physically and mentally experiencing changes that alter my health for the worse. I can only try to influence what I can now for me and for those closest to me, and that is enough. These are troublesome times, and perhaps we can do no more than be careful to try to sustain ourselves and to not go down a road that is going to harm either us or anyone around whom we touch (figuratively). What do you do best to alleviate your concerns on a regular basis? Try to follow a path that will not internalize this too much for you and yours.

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Dear @guener,
I am not a biblical scholar but I love this quote. It always calms me:
FEAR NOT
I am with you…
I am your God.
I will strengthen you,
And help you.
(Isaiah 41:10)

In other words I turn it over to the Big Guy.

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Good morning, @tnmama. Welcome to Connect. These are very confusing and stressful times for all of us. I am having my cup of morning coffee and trying to get on some kind of a routine schedule or balance in my own days. I am in KY, and I am wondering if the tn in your @tnmama refers to Tennessee – if so, we are practically neighbors!

I assure you that you are not alone in feeling as you do. Mayo has a Group that is dedicated to the COVID-19. It is a place where all are welcome to connect with other members and generate ideas about how to solve problems and help defuse tension.

Here is a discussion that I want to share. Members are sharing beautiful photos and sharing their thoughts. It is very uplifting to simply read the conversations and view the photos.
– Visual Escapes and Daily Inspirations: Share Yours
https://connect.mayoclinic.org/discussion/visual-escapes-and-daily-inspirations-share-yours/
Here is one that can motivate you and provide ideas for physical activity as part of a group.
– Let’s Go Walking! Join me for a virtual walking support group
https://connect.mayoclinic.org/discussion/lets-go-walking-join-me-for-a-virtual-walking-support-group/
@guener, @helenfrances
Here is the link that will take you directly to the COVIC-19 Group. Just click on it , and you are there. Ask, share, read.
https://connect.mayoclinic.org/group/covid-19/

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I stopped watching the news on TV. My children update me on things I need to know. There are too much misinformation floating around on the internet too.

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@tnmama I join others in welcoming you to Mayo Connect. No doubt the worries and anxiety you have voiced, are felt by many, so I thank you for having the courage to post this.
One of the big things I have done personally is to drastically limit my time exposed to media. Whether it is positive or negative, I simply do not need to hear multiple times an hour, what is going on with COVID-19. I am focusing on what will soothe me and redirect my attention. For me, that is going for a walk, looking at how spring is blooming all around me, do crafts, reading, writing.
What have you done in the past to ease your anxiety? Can you do that now? If you would like to share with us, we're listening!
Ginger

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I certainly agree with reducing the amount of time one spends listening to the news if it increases anxiety levels. I agree @gingerw that news stories are repeated and it can be exhausting.

When you need to get information to know what to do to protect yourself and those around you, go to trusted information sources like:
– Mayo Clinic News Network’s up-to-date news and information https://newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org/category/covid-19/
– Recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html
– The World Health Organization’s updates and resources https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019

I check for updated information, but then return to the things I enjoy in life. Things are blooming where I live yet, but I'm checking gardening sites and planning for planting. Gardening is one way that I relieve stress and anxiety. Until I can get my hands dirty, I wander the backyard and dream.

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@helenfrances

Dear @guener,
I am not a biblical scholar but I love this quote. It always calms me:
FEAR NOT
I am with you…
I am your God.
I will strengthen you,
And help you.
(Isaiah 41:10)

In other words I turn it over to the Big Guy.

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I love this Bible passage. Thankyou

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@gingerw

@tnmama I join others in welcoming you to Mayo Connect. No doubt the worries and anxiety you have voiced, are felt by many, so I thank you for having the courage to post this.
One of the big things I have done personally is to drastically limit my time exposed to media. Whether it is positive or negative, I simply do not need to hear multiple times an hour, what is going on with COVID-19. I am focusing on what will soothe me and redirect my attention. For me, that is going for a walk, looking at how spring is blooming all around me, do crafts, reading, writing.
What have you done in the past to ease your anxiety? Can you do that now? If you would like to share with us, we're listening!
Ginger

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For me, exercising is the best medicine for my anxiety symptoms whether it's about my daily struggle with this disorder or the numerous health issues in this world especially now.

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@susan1954

I love this Bible passage. Thankyou

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What verse?

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@susan1954

I love this Bible passage. Thankyou

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Oh i see it now. Thanks!

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I have been sewing to keep my mind mind busy n active, also went to cut my grass no one was out felt I was safe. STSY WELL BE SAFE

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@susan1954

For me, exercising is the best medicine for my anxiety symptoms whether it's about my daily struggle with this disorder or the numerous health issues in this world especially now.

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I agree keep busy will help pass the time away I mowed my grass to keep me busy n distract from news short break was good stay well stsy save

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@helenfrances

Dear @guener,
I am not a biblical scholar but I love this quote. It always calms me:
FEAR NOT
I am with you…
I am your God.
I will strengthen you,
And help you.
(Isaiah 41:10)

In other words I turn it over to the Big Guy.

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Thank you for this. I copied and sent to my sisters and mother. We all need strength…

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Hi @nannymed, welcome to Mayo Clinic Connect. How are you staying connected with your sisters and mother during this time? Any creative things you're doing together while apart?

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We are doing the email and phone thing. My son set my mother up on video phone, but being 89, she will probably not accomplish it without him. I suffer with anxiety anyway, and this situation is taking its toll. I was on anti depressants for 25 yrs and just weaned off them – last pill was Dec 25/19. Was full of anxiety after that, and with this Covid19 – my anxiety is right up there. Go for long walks which seem to help somewhat. However, tears are on the surface most of the time. I have heard that there is quite an attitude where baby boomers are concerned…like this is our fault. What is wrong with people? One post actually said that now the boomers are going to die, maybe I can buy a house…

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