Tips for coping with COVID-19 (coronavirus) anxiety

During these uncertain times of COVID-19 (coronavirus) it’s common to feel overwhelmed and worried. With such rapid change occurring in our lives it’s to be expected to a degree. Where this becomes problematic is if we fail to manage the stress.

Seeking support when needed early can alleviate the anxiety and distress allowing you to face challenges effectively. Remote Psych psychologists conduct all sessions via telehealth (video link) allowing you to connect easily from home.

Coping with change during COVID-19: Coming to terms with the ‘new normal’

The ever-changing landscape of the COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in many people experiencing heightened levels of anxiety, increased depression and concern that this state of constant change has become our new normal. This information sheet highlights some strategies to help you cope with change, deal with uncertainty and boost your resilience as we look to a future beyond the COVID-19 crisis.

Download ‘Coping with change during COVID-19’ information sheetAustralian Psychological Society

Strategies for coping with coronavirus anxiety

  • Seek factual information and limit media exposure.
  • Keeping things in perspective.
  • Take reasonable precautions.
  • Practice self-care.
  • Seek support when needed.

Download ‘Tips for coping with coronavirus anxiety’ information sheetAustralian Psychological Society

Strategies for managing social isolation

  • Stay connected to friends and family.
  • Avoid difficult situations with others you may be in isolation with. Promote harmony and limit conflict.
  • Structure your day so there is a sense of purpose, achievement and normality.
  • If working from home; set up a dedicated workspace, keep to a schedule, limit distractions and stay connected to work colleagues.

Download ‘Maintaining your mental health during social isolation’ information sheetAustralian Psychological Society

Frontline workers and COVID-19

This information sheet can help frontline workers, such as police, healthcare and social support workers, to identify the specific challenges and stressors they are experiencing, what impact they may be having, and some useful reminders and strategies to minimise and cope with the distress caused by their role during the pandemic. Being aware of specific stressors and their impact will assist frontline workers to identify what action and coping strategies might be helpful.

Download ‘Tips for Frontline workers’ information sheetAustralian Psychological Society

Managing negative emotions during COVID-19

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, in addition to hearing updates on the number of people impacted by the virus, the media also focusses on stories about those people who are not following the strategies recommended by our health experts. It is common to react to these stories of people not following the rules with emotions such as frustration, anger, indignation, fear, or sadness. As these can be distressing, this information sheet highlights some suggestions and strategies to help you manage your negative reactions and emotions to these stories.

Download ‘Coping during COVID-19 when not everyone will ‘do the right thing’’Australian Psychological Society

Supporting children in understanding coronavirus and social isolation

Children are very resilient, but they do pick up their cues from the adults that surround them.

  • Answer their questions honestly and age appropriately. Don’t overwhelm them with too much information.
  • Acknowledge their anxiety. Check their understanding about the virus and correct any misunderstandings.
  • Explain what they can do to keep safe (give them a sense of control).
  • Encourage them to stay connected (by phone / video link) with people that they may be worried about (eg grandparents).
  • Set a daily routine if self-isolating as this provides a sense of security and normality
  • Encourage them to stay connected with friends and family members. Be mindful that social media information accessed by older children can increase anxiety and may not be accurate.
  • Spend quality time and have fun. In our busy lives time together can be a precious commodity.

Cognitive Reframing Self-Isolation

My friends and I can't see each other My friends and I are protecting each other
I'm stuck at home I'm safe at home
I have lost my freedom I have relinquished my freedom for a good cause
I miss the things I love I am increasing my gratitude for the things I love
Source: The Depression Project