If you suffer from health anxiety, the current pandemic is probably making you feel worse and increasing your health anxiety. Have you noticed feeling more anxious? Have you been spending more time searching the internet? Or maybe you are constantly checking yourself for new symptoms?
Unfortunately, coronavirus is very real where we are being advised to stay at home, wash our hands and practise social distance. These are of course the absolute right thing to do, however when you have health anxiety it is going to cause havoc with the way you think about the virus and how you feel about it too.
How can I manage my health anxiety during this pandemic?
From a health perspective it is important we follow the advise set out by the NHS as this will help protect you and benefit your health.
However, if you are suffering from health anxiety where you are constantly worried or checking for symptoms or struggling to concentrate on other aspects of your life, here are some useful things you can do to help manage your health anxiety during this pandemic:
- Try to reduce the amount of time you check the internet for symptoms. If you have an urge to check the internet, try to divert your attention to something else, perhaps do an activity you enjoy.
- Try to do something relaxing or enjoyable once a day, for example yoga, breathing exercises or reading a book. Doing this will help reduce your anxiety in the longer term.
- Keep to a routine, this pandemic has changed our daily lives and has probably impacted your routine. If you can stick to a routine, then you are less likely to focus on your health anxiety.
- Exercise! Keeping active is very effective in managing your anxiety, as we are allowed to go out for an hour a day, maybe go for a walk, a run or a bike ride. Physical exercise helps to release endorphins which makes you feel good and it will help you feel more relaxed.
- Talk to someone. Talking through your anxieties can be useful as it could help you to look at it from a different perspective. Try to talk to someone who is supportive and is likely to understand you worries, this may be a good friend or this could be with a Counsellor who specialises in anxiety.
If you are concerned about health anxiety or maybe you are experiencing other types of worry and anxiety related to coronavirus, get in touch to see how I can support you.