The resources here can help you better understand the causes of anxiety and provide useful skills to help keep it in check.
Is it stress of anxiety?
Life can be stressful—you may feel stressed about a traffic, traumatic events (such as a pandemic, natural disaster, or act of violence), or a life change. Everyone feels stress from time to time.
Stress is the physical or mental response to an external cause, such as having a lot of chores or having an illness. A stressor may be a one-time or short-term occurrence, or it can happen repeatedly over a long time.
Anxiety is your body's reaction to stress and can occur even if there is no current threat.
If that anxiety doesn’t go away and begins to interfere with your life, it could affect your health.
Anxiety and Depression in the Time of COVID-19
Living in the age of coronavirus can have a profound effect on your mood. Most of the time we can bounce back from feelings of sadness or melancholy. But these are uncertain times, and all the fear and uncertainty surrounding COVID-19 makes it natural to worry. When your worries spiral out of control, they can cause feelings of anxiety and depression.
While not a substitute for medical advice, here are few healthy strategies to boost your mood.
- Practice relaxation techniques.
Incorporating a relaxation technique such as Qigong or meditation into your daily routine can help relieve tension and anxiety. You might also try Calm, an app that features meditation, sleep aids, gentle movement and stretching, and music to help you relax. Headspace is an app that meditation skills in just a few minutes a day.
- Spend time in nature.
While you can’t force yourself to have fun, you can push yourself to do things that will help boost your mood throughout the day. Try listening to uplifting music or finding a reason to laugh by watching episodes of your favorite television shows or enjoyable movies.