The pandemic has been a stressful time for all of us. Whether you are worried about your job, your children’s education, or the virus itself, you know COVID anxiety firsthand. This is especially true for those who have had the coronavirus. Getting a positive test result is never a good feeling, whether you were asymptomatic or more seriously ill.
That anxiety won’t necessarily go away with your symptoms. Many people who have recovered from COVID report feeling anxious or depressed. Some struggle to return to their daily life, especially people who stayed in the intensive care unit. Up to a third of people who recover from the coronavirus experience some type of mental health effect after the fact, experts say.
If you are struggling with your mental health after a COVID-related hospital stay, you are not alone. Here are some tips on how to deal with stress and anxiety after recovering from COVID-19.
Find a New Normal
The coronavirus pandemic has shifted the definition of what we consider normal. Work and school are no longer places you physically go. Seeing a socially-distanced line outside a grocery store is no longer strange. Just like the world has had to shift what normal means in this time, you will have to find what normal means to you as you recover from COVID-19.
Maybe you used to be an avid runner, but now you find yourself getting winded easier. Perhaps you used to enjoy sitting on your porch doing nothing much at all, but now downtime gives anxious thoughts free rein in your mind. Things are going to be different. The key is to accept the change and find ways to work through it.
Be Kind to Yourself
We could all use a little bit of grace from time to time. It is important to remember to treat yourself kindly, both physically and mentally. Get enough sleep, drink plenty of water, and eat healthy foods. Never underestimate how taking care of your body will positively impact your mind.
Directly caring for your mind is important as well. Avoid spending too much time on social media or watching the news, as that can be triggering. Find time for activities you enjoy.
Rely on Others
Even during the coronavirus pandemic, you don’t have to do it all on your own. There are tons of ways to connect with friends and family safely. Have a game night on Zoom, goon a socially-distanced walk with a friend, or take time to be intentional about connecting with the family in your own home.
Be honest with your loved ones about how you are feeling. Talking it out can be a big help. Find that friend or family member who is willing to listen without passing judgment.
Get Professional Help
Talking to friends and family isn’t always enough. If you are struggling with anxiety or depression after recovering from COVID, consider getting professional mental healthcare. There are even services where you can connect with a therapist from the comfort of your own home via text or video chat. There is no shame in getting the help you need to live a happier, less stressful life.
Need medical care during COVID-19?
If you need non-emergency health care, you want to go somewhere that you know will be safe. In this stressful time, the risk of coronavirus infection is the last thing you need. BASS Urgent Care is committed to keeping patients safe during the pandemic. Call (925) 526-6579 to schedule an appointment or walk in anytime from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.