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If you told me that 2020 would start with a pandemic, I wouldn’t believe you. Yet, here we are. I struggle with anxiety normally, but the rise and spread of the coronavirus, or COVID-19, has put me on the edge, and I have found myself struggling with my normal day-to-day activities. I take anti-anxiety medications, but I started to do a little bit more to help myself cope during this time.

  1. Limit Social Media: I have been reducing time on my personal social media to only 30 minutes a day, and I only go on when I have a specific purpose (i.e. like live tweeting Jeopardy or posting on Instagram). If I feel I need more information about the coronavirus, I go directly to the World Health Organization, CDC, or my local government’s website.
  2. Yoga: Yoga, yoga, and more yoga. When I do yoga, I focus solely on my breath and movement, and I tune out the rest of the world. While it is sometimes hard to get myself to go to class, I often feel lighter and calmer after class is over.
  3. Meditation: I’ve been meditating twice a day. In the morning, I meditate to prepare for the day ahead, and in the evening, I meditate to let go of the day behind me. This makes me feel like I can start each day anew without the stress and anxiety of the previous day.
  4. Home Décor: I have been throwing myself into finishing my apartment. While yoga and meditation are great ways to help reduce my anxiety over the situation, finishing my apartment gives me a more tangible goal and something to look forward to.
  5. Learn or Focus on a Hobby: To avoid social media, I had to focus more on my hobbies. I have been reading more, and even trying to learn Spanish using the Mango app. I am also learning how to do macramé. Basically, I am taking this time to refocus on my interests (including blogging).
While it has been difficult, I am feeling better and less anxious, and my day-today has been a bit more tolerable.

Are you worried about COVID-19? Are you doing anything during this time to keep your mental health in check?

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