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

Posted by tnmama @tnmama, 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

@artscaping

@kay71, congratulations. You have developed quite an activity center. Thank you for participating. Do you happen to have pictures to share?
Be content and at ease.

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I’ll post my puzzle when I finish. Just stay busy and on a schedule. Also, I shower and dress for the day like I would if I were going somewhere.

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@artscaping

@sueinmn Wonderful program of activities. What card game are you playing? Be happy as you share. Chris

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I play words with friends!

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@rosemarya

@virgo1952, Once again, thank you. I did not intend to mislead you, let me clarify: I am a 11 year liver and kidney transplant recipient. I have been through an enormous medical, spiritual, and emotional battle leading to my transplant.. Some people think I'm brave, however the truth is that I depended on my faith, my fantastic doctors, my deceased organ donor, and all of my family and friends who supported and encouraged me along the way. We need each other, today more than ever.

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You didn’t mislead me because I can read between the lines of text. You are a strong person to have been through what happen to you; and a smart person to surround yourself with loving support. I remember those quiet moments before I got my ct scan results.(was there cancer everywhere in me?) It was me and my higher power facing my life. That was a moment in my life like no other. It changed me in many ways. For me, the physical changes (losing body parts and certain daily functions) were low on the list. But, that was my lesson. I’m so happy to have people to chat with. I just have to remember it’s a medical site!!!!!

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@guener

@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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Thank you

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@sueinmn

@rosemarya I too am finding the need to "step away" for a time each day. I limit myself to 2 periods on the computer looking at Mayo & newsfeeds. Otherwise it is music or old movies on TV (no cable or satellite here.) I even try to follow the Mexican telenovellas on local TV since I am practicing my Spanish. (Mexican radio broadcasters talk way too fast…)
We are fortunate to be in a tiny community with about a dozen others, so we still can have some social activities while isolated from the wider world. Yesterday I played a card game with 3 close friends. This afternoon about 6 of us will line dance for 2 hours (we can do this and still be at least 6 feet apart!) My friend and I have also opened out paints, and she gave me a much-needed watercolor lesson the other day – tomorrow would normally be game day for a larger group (now cancelled) so I will sit at my kitchen table and paint.
And I walk – and walk – and walk, stopping to chat with neighbors sitting on their patios when the weather permits.
I encourage everyone to find something that brings joy, and commit to doing it every day as an antidote to the prevailing bad news, fear and anxiety.
Do you meditate or pray? Read scripture or other uplifting books? Listen to TedTalks? Sew, knit, craft, draw, paint, woodwork, photograph…? Walk or do other exercise?
Also everyone, we do not need to be afraid to go out in the fresh air and walk around, as long as we don't congregate in groups. You can even walk in the rain with raingear – not as much fun, but it gives you a sense of oneness with nature (as long as it's not icy.)
Sue

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Wish you u lived in my neighborhood!!!!

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@kay71

I am a retired teacher so my education experience is helping! I set up centers or stations as we called them with activities! Such as treadmill, novel reading, magazine area, exercises with bands that my doctor assigned but don’t do, writing stories, puzzles, deck sitting, Netflix , cleaning, cooking and make a schedule. Oh yes, be sure to change out your activities!

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Once a teacher, always a teacher!!!! 👍

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@virgo1952

Once a teacher, always a teacher!!!! 👍

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I'm a retired nurse but I still have to do some type of health care whether it's home caregiving or working independently as a nurse. This does keep me somewhat sane. I feel good helping others.😊

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Hurray for our nurses!!!!!!

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@rosemarya

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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Yes. Knoxville to be exact

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@kay71

I’ll post my puzzle when I finish. Just stay busy and on a schedule. Also, I shower and dress for the day like I would if I were going somewhere.

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I am presently in full makeup to walk the neighborhood. What can. I say?

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@virgo1952

I am presently in full makeup to walk the neighborhood. What can. I say?

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Good for you!! 👍😊

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@charlie1953

Hi @charlie1953, welcome to Mayo Clinic Connect. I see that @guener's wise words stuck a chord with you. They did me too, especially the part where he said "I can only try to influence what I can now for me and for those closest to me, and that is enough." And I concur. That is enough.

Charlie, how are you doing? What helps you to calm concerns and rising anxieties?

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If you want to watch something serenely beautiful and calming, check this out from the Monterrey Aquarium:

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I really enjoy hearing how others are dealing with anxiety at this time. My husband can't leave the house due to lung issues. But, if I don't leave the house, I'd have to kill him! He's a dear and wonderful person but we handle stress completely differently. So I'm still working as a home health caregiver in our small community. Employees and our clients are monitored daily in terms of health. So far I am considered healthy and can go into homes. However, since there's no testing and we can have the virus without symptoms, I don't think anyone can be considered really healthy unless we are tested. But people depend on home health care for medical, medication, and personal care, because there is no one else to help them. I'm 76 and several of my clients are younger than me. It's a challenging situation for people who need help and people in the helping professions.

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@artscaping

@sueinmn Wonderful program of activities. What card game are you playing? Be happy as you share. Chris

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@artscaping We play Hand and Foot – a form of Canasta. 4 hands take about 2 hours, exercises our strategic thinking and counting skills, and we stick to pleaseant conversation topics, so it's refreshing. Plus we live in tiny homes, 100 – 400 square feet, so for those of us with partners/spouses, it gives us time apart. Since we all usually have many separate activities to occupy us this is a great stress reliever.

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