Dealing with post COVID-19 infection anxiety

The COVID-19 pandemic has been a stressful time for all of us. Whether you’re worried about your job, education, your family or the virus itself, you probably know COVID-19 anxiety first-hand. This is especially true for those who’ve had the virus. Getting a positive test result is never a good feeling, whether you were asymptomatic or more seriously ill. Here’s how you can deal with post-infection anxiety.

Find a new normal

The pandemic has changed what we consider normal. Going to visit a friend or going to a restaurant is no longer as simple as it was before. Just like the world has had to shift what normal means in this time, you’ll need to find what normal means to you as you recover from COVID-19. Things are going to be different. The key is to accept the change and find ways to work through it.

Be kind to yourself

It’s important to remember to treat yourself kindly, both physically and mentally. Even after recovering from COVID-19, it’s important to take it slow. Get enough sleep, drink plenty of water, and eat healthy foods. Never underestimate taking care of your body. 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

There are lots of ways to connect with friends and family safely. You can check in with friends and family online, go on a socially distanced walk with a friend (don’t forget to wear a mask), 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.

Get professional help

Talking to friends and family might be hard at times. If you’re struggling with anxiety or depression after recovering from COVID-19, consider getting professional help. There are services where you can connect with a mental healthcare provider from the comfort of your own home, via text or call. There’s no shame in getting the help you need to live a happier, less stressful life after recovering from COVID-19. You can contact SADAG on their mental health line, 011 234 4837.

It’s perfectly fine to experience a bit of anxiety during this time- the important thing is to speak out and get the help you need. Take care of your physical and mental health, and you’ll feel better soon!

Remember if you or a friend need advice or help, you can contact me here on Ask Choma, send me a Facebook Messagea Twitter DM, or a WhatsApp Message (071 172 3657).