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Coping with coronavirus – advice on managing stress and anxiety

by Sahar Deshmukh | 8 April 2020

Regardless of how many outbreaks and illnesses the world has seen, there has been nothing quite like the current Coronavirus Pandemic. The world has come to a halt, and it seems this is going to be the norm for a while to say the least. Flights have been cancelled, borders are being closed, social distancing and self-isolation is in place and lockdowns are getting stricter across the world.

Undoubtably, this is going to cause a lot of stress and uncertainty for all of us. The next few weeks and maybe even months will certainly be very difficult, especially for those who may already be struggling with anxiety or heightened stress.

April is Stress Awareness Month and I think it is important to speak about the current concerns and look at what we can do to turn the situation into a positive. There are lots of things we can do to ensure that we remain upbeat and work on our own personal wellbeing while at home. We can also use this time to all come together and ensure that our society comes out on top after this unprecedented time.

Whatever we are feeling, and whatever the future holds, it is crucial that we look at the current scenario with a new lens to see the positive aspects, as hope is the only way forward.

Slow down and reflect

It’s not easy to stay upbeat when we are all trying to grapple with the current situation, but now more than ever, it is time to be grateful. Yes, we’re stuck indoors, but it’s an opportunity for us to slow down from the busy lifestyles we lead and nurture ourselves. Nature is practically forcing us to reset our bodies and minds as we navigate through the next few weeks with this new temporary way of living – and it will be temporary, so make the most of it.

If you’re working from home right now, the best way to do this is by allocating time for both work and self-care. It is important to ensure that you make time to go for a walk or get a 20-minute exercise to boost your energy levels before you open your computer. It is vitally important to focus on preparing nutritional food, make time to try new recipes and spend time on neglected hobbies now that you’re saving time on the daily commute. Now more than ever provides us all with the opportunity to spend more time with our loved ones even if it is just through a video call. Most importantly, do the things that give you a sense of gratification and take the time to reflect on what doesn’t. Visualise the changes you wish to see in your life and write down the goals that you want to work towards once all this is over.

If you’re still going to work because of an essential service, it is important that you take the necessary precautions to protect yourself. If you’re vulnerable to the virus because of an underlying condition, make sure that you are following the guidelines set out by the government and try to stay home as much as possible when you are not working.

This will not be an easy adjustment for anyone, particularly for those with young children. By sticking together and keeping in touch with our loved ones on a regular basis will help to make light of the current situation.

Get involved and give back

One of the best ways to achieve gratification is to give back. This could be through donations or even small gestures such as picking up groceries or medications for the vulnerable in your community. Helping others can be a great way to feel a sense of accomplishment especially when there are so many who need it. Check for your local community groups online to see how you can help and give back to your community.

The pandemic has seen lots of people out of work. Now more than ever is a time we need to stick together and help where we can. The NHS is currently looking for volunteer responders to help those in self-isolation to deliver medication, provide food aid, and transport medical supplies to NHS etc. If you would like more information on how to get involved, you can visit the NHS Volunteer Responders page.

Always ask for help!

If you find that you are struggling with your anxiety or are feeling particularly down about what is happening now, it is important that you ask for help. Acknowledging how you feel and speaking to somebody may help lighten the load. Seek professional help if you’re unable to cope and most importantly, limit your consumption of the news to keep those negative feelings at bay. Now is the time that we need to put some trust into our government who have the best interests of our country at the forefront. Remember, we’re all experiencing some form of grief, anxiety, depression or sadness and like any other obstacle in life, we will overcome this too. 

Stay hopeful and positive 

If you’re one of the many who have lost your job as a result of the Coronavirus, then don’t lose hope. Take this time to revamp your CV and contact recruiters for an initial chat about what you’re looking for once we are over the worst of this terrible time. Recruitment may have slowed down, but there are businesses that still require help, and Sellick Partnership are working hard to fulfil their needs where we can.

If you’re currently looking for a new role, then contact Sellick Partnership to see how we can help you. We specialise in Finance & Accountancy, HR, Legal, Housing Property Services, Procurement, Change & Transformation, Wealth & Investment Management and Actuarial sectors.

If you are feeling particularly vulnerable, or feel like you need to talk to someone, you can reach out to Mind who will be able to help.