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Yanique Thomas

 

What Quarantine is like for someone with Anxiety?

Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) has literally shaken up the entire world. Upon the initial introduction of the virus to the world, many failed to take it serious. I first heard of the virus back in January 2020 from a friend. I immediately googled it and soon learned that this pandemic was quickly spreading in China. Shortly after, I started seeing more and more memes and videos on social media directed around COVID-19; although funny at the time, we were all unaware of the severity of this virus and of how soon we too, would be affected. Due to my severe anxiety, I’ve been limiting my access to news platforms and social media in order to keep my anxiety under control.  

 

I Suffer from it but Here's What We Can Do...

For those with an anxiety disorder, it is imperative that we look for strategies to help manage or reduce our anxiety. One thing that I’ve implemented into my daily routine is having weekly sessions with my therapist. It’s important to be able to get those feelings out and to hear from a professional’s standpoint, different strategies one can use to manage stress and/or anxiety during this pandemic. I usually begin and end my day with positive affirmations. Over time, I’ve noticed a huge difference in my mindset. Being a newly baptized Christian, I’ve received a lot of counsel from some truly inspiring elders from my church.

Scripture that Carry Me Through

One thing that has resonated with me is that the Bible has all the answers and it can teach us about anxiety, fear, and many more worldly problems. I turn to the Bible now more than ever for support and my go-to scripture passage is Philippians 4:6-7 (NKJV) which states: “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.” Additionally, I’ve been practicing better self-care by giving myself facials more regularly and meditating. Meditation with therapeutic music being played softly in the background has been a great way to keep my anxiety under control and aids in restful sleep.

Staying connected with friends and family near and far through various communication channels has been another way I’ve been keeping a level head. I’m usually on the phone texting, calling or simply just surfing the web an average of about 10 hours or more on a regular day. But this time around I’ve been video chatting more with friends and that has been a lot more entertaining. YouTube documentaries and binge-watching Netflix has been a lifesaver. My mom and I have been glued to the screen with periodic breaks to get some vitamin d and fresh air.   All in all, I’ve honestly been praying and fasting and keeping the faith that this too shall pass. 

 

Mental Health is extremely important, especially now. How have you been keeping your mind right?

 

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