According to Neuroscience and Wellness Expert Dr. Patrick Porter, managing mental health is extremely important during the outbreak.
COVID-19 Fears and Anxiety.
Coronavirus isn’t just threatening our physical health, but our mental health too. The outbreak of COVID-19 around the world has disrupted many aspects of our daily lives. As our country enters the second week of lockdown mode, fear and panic are spreading just as fast as the virus itself. Stress, emotions, and anxiety are at an all-time high which makes an already challenging situation far more difficult.
According to Neuroscience and Wellness Expert Dr. Parick Porter, managing mental health is extremely important during the outbreak.
“Fears about COVID-19 can take an emotional toll but managing this stress is imperative. Mental health plays a major role in your ability to maintain good physical health…”
…says Dr. Porter, who has devoted his career to researching the brain and mental wellness. According to Dr. Porter, one way to lower anxiety is to take charge of the things you can control. Reduce your risk by practicing good hygiene and minimizing possible exposure. Wash your hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Avoid touching your face, and, most importantly practice social distancing. Stay at home and avoid going out – whether you are experiencing symptoms or not.
Minimizing the virus isn’t good preparation, but neither is overkill. Watching the news 24/7 or continuously scrolling through social media feeds will likely increase anxiety. It’s important to stay informed with up-to-date factual information but monitor this intake and establish boundaries for checking updates. Take breaks from watching, reading, or listening to news stories and choose reliable unbiased sources for information like CDC and WHO.
Dr. Porter encourages people to be proactive in communication and in maintaining their relationships so that social distancing does not lead to emotional isolation. If you are quarantined, staying connected with your family and friends is important. Talk with people you trust about your concerns and how you are feeling and maintain your daily routines as much as possible.
“This downtime is also a great opportunity to practice self-care and mindfulness activities that deactivate the body’s stress response…”
…says Dr. Porter who is an advocate of activities like meditating, journaling and braintapping. Managing mental health will help us all get through this challenging moment in history.
“Fears about COVID-19 can take an emotional toll but managing this stress is imperative. Mental health plays a major role in your ability to maintain good physical health.“
– Dr. Patrick Porter
In An Interview/Article, Dr. Porter Can Share:
- The Emotional Toll of COVID-19
- Strategies to Reduce Anxiety & Panic During the Pandemic
- Coping with Quarantine & Social Distancing
- What Fear & Stress Does to Your Brain and Your Health
- Try-at-Home Mental Wellness Tips for People of all Ages
Dr. Porter is sharing tips and actionable advice people can use to reduce anxiety and panic and improve mental wellbeing during the pandemic.