Managing Anxiety During the COVID-19 Outbreak

We understand that there is a lot do be worried about during this time. For many of our clients, they not only have to deal with the typical concerns our community is facing, but they are also facing issues with the Court, as well as parenting time challenges. It’s easy to feel overwhelmed and anxious! Below are a few tips from the Yale Medical School which might help you handle any anxiety you are feeling:

  1. Information is useful—but too much information can be unhelpful. Limit news intake to what is actually providing new information, and stick to reliable news sources. There’s no benefit to watching the same news over and over.
  2. Take the necessary and recommended precautions, but don’t try to “innovate” new ones. As with all dangers, the trick is to be ‘careful enough.’ When we try to ensure 100% safety, we get caught up in unhelpful behaviors.
  3. Try to have daily routines. Maintaining regular schedules and routines is a good way to keep anxiety at bay and feel normal. Even if some changes need to be made, maintaining the overall routine is helpful.
  4. Don’t completely isolate yourself from other people. Fear of contagion can cause some people to withdraw socially, but maintaining relationships and social support are good ways to combat anxiety. During self-quarantine or mandatory quarantine, keep up social interaction using FaceTime/Skype, phone calls, or text messages. Try to schedule "phone visits" with friends/ colleagues.
  5. Stay physically active—be outdoors if you can. Maintaining physical activity and spending time outdoors in fresh air can help to keep anxiety down.
  6. Limit screen time. Too much time on the phone or computer, on social media or websites, can lead to less activity and more anxiety.
  7. Know that social distancing is important and can be effective in managing the outcome of this pandemic.

You can find some good information on the Tri-County Health Department’s website.

As always, we are here to assist you with your legal needs. Please feel free to reach out to us with any questions and concerns about your case.