- Get the facts
Having the facts and understanding the potential threat is the best defence.
- Develop a plan
Being prepared to respond can greatly lessen your anxiety.
- Manage your anxiety
To manage anxiety and fear, try to put the potential threat or current events in context by keeping a broader, more hopeful perspective.
What is resilience?
Resilience is the ability to effectively cope with challenging life situations. A person who is resilient is able to cope with crisis situations due to behaviour, thoughts, and actions that they have learned and developed.
- Keep a positive outlook.
Having an optimistic attitude can help you focus on the good things in your life, rather than worrying about things you may not be able to control.
- Develop realistic goals and take decisive action.
By having a plan, you can focus on specific tasks. By keeping yourself busy, your mind will be occupied, having less time to dwell on worries and fears. This might include ensuring you have a supply of food, water, or medicine.
- Control stress by managing your worries.
Intense worrying about what might happen can trigger our body’s automatic fight-or-flight stress response. Over time, this physical response to stress takes its toll on our bodies. Consider finding effective ways of managing stress.
- Quarantine the worry.
Create a regular half hour each day as “worry time” to identify and tackle each worry as if it were a problem to solve.
- Learn from your past.
Think back to past experiences and sources of personal strength that helped you through other crisis situations.
- Stay connected.
The fear of infection may mean avoiding social situations and increased isolation. However you can still maintain contact with people, by phone or online.
- Keep physically fit.
It is important to exercise your body and stretch out tense muscles as well as finding time for relaxation. Eat a healthy diet and make sure you get enough sleep.
If intense anxiety is preventing you from performing your job or other daily activities, consider contacting a professional for counselling support. They can provide you with the knowledge, guidance, and peace of mind on how to cope during a crisis situation to ensure that you and your loved ones stay healthy and safe. Look after yourselves.