Anxiety is the normal response to the uncertainty life throws at us and if it was possible to look into a mirror and see what happens next at every point in life many people would give anything for such, irrespective of the cost because then you would know what to expect in your relationship, career and even predict the aftermath of covid 19.
With our daily routines changed, unemployment on the increase, the realisation that someone you know might have died as a result of the pandemic and the inability to predict or plan ahead during and after the pandemic, anxiety has become the order of the day.
Dr Elke Van Hoof Professor of health psychology and primary care psychology at Vrije Universiteit Brussel described the lockdown as arguably the largest psychological experiment ever conducted with an estimated 2.6 billion people – one-third of the world’s population – is living under some kind of lockdown or quarantine.
People are expected to experience a variety of signs of psychological stress, and while the world is striving to build isolation centres to treat those infected with a deadly virus there is the need to also set aside facilities to treat and give psychological support which would be the aftermath of the virus.
Although nobody knows exactly when in the future self-isolation, social distancing will cease, one thing for sure, we’re never going to return to normal the psychological impact of the lockdown will be wide-ranging, substantial, and long-lasting. Hence the need to look after our psychological wellbeing during this period.
Just like everyone, I have had my fair share of anxiety, why is my throat itchy? I went to the grocery store yesterday could I have been exposed? what can I expect of my career with the crumbling world economy? So many questions of what, why, when and how, run through my mind. But knowing my constant anxiety would just leave me feeling stressed, I have taken a different perspective on life and using the podcast to share my tips on how I am dealing with anxiety.
Feel free to share your tips in the comment section on how you are dealing with anxiety.