The world is changing, fast. There’s no doubt that during the Coronavirus outbreak we found ourselves in unprecedented circumstances. Isolation, obsessive hand washing, working from home and the general lockdown have seriously disrupted our normal lives.
Most of us are experiencing more uncertainty-related stress than usually. We worry about our health, our livelihoods, our loved ones, and with phrases such as “in these difficult times” present in almost every article we read, paired with the daily statistics, we experience some level of anxiousness every day. Media are even reporting a world-wide phenomenon of ‘Coronavirus dreams’ reflecting the heightened levels of stress we endure during the waking hours.
So what can we do to help ourselves maintain our mental health?
First of all, it’s useful to understand than anxiety is linked to fears about the future, about what might (or might not) happen, and to the feeling of not being in control. The COVID-19 reality is therefore likely to make us feel distressed.