Dealing with anxiety during the COVID-19 pandemic

In 2020, the world took a sudden turn with the COVID-19 pandemic crisis affecting all over the world. Social distancing and self-isolation are being followed by every community member however, this change in lifestyle has brought forward mental health crises within the community. As the situation unfolds; with a daily rise in the number of cases and death tolls, people are now feeling anxious and worried. It is obvious to note that the sudden disruption in our daily routine can be detrimental to one’s psychological health, especially among pre-existing mental health conditions.

One of the most common emotional outcomes that have been observed is the increasing incidence of an anxiety attack and under extreme circumstances, panic attacks. To be isolated at home with nothing else to look forward to gives rise to negative thoughts. Therefore, in this time it is essential to look after one’s mental health and thus, recognize anxiety symptoms.

What is anxiety?

Anxiety is defined as an emotional response brought on by itself or external stressors which affects the psychological and physiological function of a person. The psychological aspect includes difficulty thinking or sometimes overthinking, restlessness, lack of concentration, and changes in sleeping patterns. The physiological component includes the body’s physical response to the emotional turmoil and includes hyperactivity and changes in the body’s autonomic nervous symptom. (Chand & Marwaha, 2020)

Taking the meaning of anxiety into account, we can see how this can be a conditioned response in a situation like the COVID-19 that is out of our control. The condition can be… Read more…

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