Tips to overcome COVID-related fears and anxiety

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Tips to overcome COVID-related fears and anxiety
Written By: Dr. Tatyana Johnson ~ 10/19/2020

 "We are more often frightened than hurt; and we suffer more from imagination than from reality.”

No doubt we are all living in very challenging times. When safety, security, stability, and peace are in question, human beings’ natural defensive mechanism is on. Our emotions are natural expression translations of our subconscious mind and physiological body conditions. Here are some very simple tips you can use in your daily practice.

Limit news and social media time! You do not need to live in a complete bubble, but you can cut down time spent on such activities.

To ensure that everyone has access to information during these unprecedented times, many news outlets are offering free live streaming during the COVID-19 pandemic and frequently publishing news updates. The continuous updates in the news and on social media mean that people with OCD and/or anxiety might start checking the news excessively.

The American Psychological Association is advising that people who notice that they are checking the news more than usual set a limit for themselves. Defining a specific limit, such as reading the news only once per day, may help ease anxiety. I do not recommend starting and finishing your day with the news as it can stir up your emotions throughout the day and disturb your sleeping. Limiting the number of news outlets that people use to search for information is important as well. Stick to a few good sources of information and avoid expanding to other outlets.

Seek medical and professional support. Do not be afraid to ask for help.

Consider using natural medicine, such as acupuncture and hypnotherapy, which is free of side effects and carries an incredible power to help overcome emotional problems. It takes about 5-10 treatments to improve your health. You can start feeling improvement after the first treatment. The acupuncture treatment needles send a signal to the brain and your body by producing endorphins and serotonin. This treatment also balances sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous systems and helps your body achieve balance. The effect of hypnotherapy is based on the ability to bring clarity and calmness to your mind.

Practice self-compassion

The COVID-19 pandemic has caused fears and stress for many people, including those who did not have a preexisting mental condition. It is a good idea to be mindful of any worsening OCD-related thoughts and behaviors and to consult a doctor or therapist if this occurs. Taking care of oneself can help people focus more on what they can control and less on the pandemic. It is highly recommended that people with anxiety continue to socialize with their family and friends. Physical distancing can make socializing difficult, but using video chat software can help prevent feelings of isolation.

Spend time with nature and animals

Nature’s power is endless. Walking on the beach, along a trail, or through a park can make you feel more grounded and relaxed. Animal energy is incredible and can heal you as well.

It takes about two to three treatments to help you feel better and ease the symptoms. It’s best to do acupuncture the same day of or the day following an immunization.

It’s always important to keep in mind that acupuncture is a great way to support your immune system, but it cannot serve as a substitute for immunizations.

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