Anxiety is a normal human emotion that we all experience during stressful or uncertain times. In moderate doses, anxiety can catalyze us into action and put us in a state of readiness to deal with difficult situations.
For instance, students preparing for a school exam may feel anxiety. This emotion can motivate them to study more, and thus they may be more prepared for the test. However, if anxiety is chronic, pervasive and severe, it can lead to mental health disorders with symptoms that include excessive nervousness, fear, apprehension, worry, and muscle tension. Left untreated, it can cause disability in people, affect their personal relationships and impair their ability to function at home, work or school.
Given that the novel coronavirus infection, COVID-19, continues to threaten national public health as it spreads across the U.S., we may individually also experience a heightened sense of anxiety. For people already dealing with anxiety disorders, these unsettling times can worsen their mental health.
To manage any emotion takes work, so the following article can be helpful in learning how to manage anxiety in the times of COVID-19. After you read the article, check in with Therapy Trek to let us know what you plan to do to ease tensions in your family.