Managing Health Anxiety During a Global Pandemic

June 3, 2021

With the current pandemic, many of us are worried about our health and the health of our loved ones. But, for someone who has health anxiety, it can be overwhelming to deal with the constant inundation of pandemic news. 

How It Affects Those With Health Anxiety

It is completely normal to be stressed, especially during a pandemic. Those who have health anxiety may be feeling a severe impact on their mental health. This can cause interference with their day to day life. From constantly worrying about germs, to making many doctors appointments. 

While it’s easy to understand facts about Coronavirus (such as taking the necessary precautions can lower your chances of infection) there can still be severe concern from those with health anxiety.

How To Care For Yourself

This anxiety is a real concern for many people. It’s not just “being worried” or dramatic, There is often a reason for the anxiety, and care should be taken to help their mental health. Here are some tips that may help you or someone you know with health anxiety. 

Share your anxiety with someone you trust. 

Be it a friend, partner, doctor or therapist. It’s always best to get support from people you can trust. Talk with these people. Let them know what you are going through. Support and reassurances from trusted people can go a long way.

Practice meditation or other relaxation techniques. 

There are many relaxation techniques that one can use to help cope with anxiety. From the 5-4-3-2-1 method, to a simple memory game. These can help you focus on something other than the current anxiety you may be experiencing. 

If you find yourself struggling with health anxiety due to the pandemic or otherwise, it can be good to find a therapist to help you manage your stress. At Oregon Counseling our compassionate therapists can help you cope with your anxiety.

Other Useful Resources 

https://psychcentral.com/blog/how-the-coronavirus-affects-people-with-health-anxiety#1

https://www.goodtherapy.org/blog/health-anxiety-can-increase-cardiovascular-health-risks-1110161

https://www.goodtherapy.org/blog/how-to-cope-with-the-mental-health-impacts-of-covid-19-0314207

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