As we enter another week of government-advised isolation you, or someone you know, may have experienced anxiety or are experiencing anxiety due to covid-19. As humans we can have many different emotional responses to our current lockdown and the threat of the virus. There is no right or wrong in how you, your children or others may feel, even if it differs from person to person.
The NHS website describes anxiety as: '[sic] a feeling of unease, like a worry or fear, that can be mild or severe.' (https://www.nhs.uk/oneyou/every-mind-matters/anxiety) Anxiety is the brain's way of trying to protect you when it perceives a threat by releasing hormones such as cortisol and adrenaline into your body. These hormones may give people experiences such as heart palpitations, sweating, feeling sick, upset stomach, feeling unsettled and not being able to 'switch off' excessive thoughts, to name some. In my experience, within my profession, we need different ways (tools) to sooth anxiety alongside verbal communication. These tools can be helpful if you're on your own or with other people in your home and can include visualisation and breathing techniques. These tools may encourage your brain to calm anxiety. Below are some links/suggestions to help you explore what may be helpful for your toolkit, no matter your age.
1) The NHS advises the following ten tips for helping you if you're worried or anxious about Coronavirus:
2) Bernardo's suggest the following three methods for coping with anxiety for children, please be aware they can be very helpful for any age!
3) You may wish to try mindfulness and meditation as a tool. Helpful apps include Calm and Headspace which might help manage anxiety.
If you want to find out more about anxiety the following two websites can be helpful for further information and resources:
You may find some tools more helpful than others. It can be just as important to find out what doesn't work for you as to what does. Practice (even when not experiencing anxiety) and patience with learning new tools can also be helpful in my view. There are many great resources, charities and counselling services available online, for all ages, if you feel you need extra support or information. Anxiety during covid-19 and isolation is a normal reaction to the situation. If you feel it would be helpful please reach out to professionals who will be able to offer you help as we adapt to and go through the impact of covid-19.