People with preexisting health issues and chronic illnesses are at high risk to contract COVID-19. With all the news about coronavirus affecting the elderly and those with the susceptible immune system makes you concerned. Your thoughts are all mixed ranging from anxiety to protecting your body from this novel virus to fear of what can happen if you get infected.
You do your best to protect yourself like reduce social contact and distance yourself from the outside world. However, you can even have COVID19 supplies for emergencies like a KN95 respiratory mask or a cloth face mask, necessary prescribed medication supply, 3-week food supply, water purifier or water boiler, and alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
Navigating life through a pandemic can make your emotions surge, but you need to manage the moments with caution.
Tips to handle pandemic fear and manage a calm life
Discuss with your doctor
Contact your own doctor to find out about the precautions you need to take or is it safe for social contact or how to prepare for probable long-term isolation. Your doctor is well-aware of your chronic illness and will advise you to add supplements for fortifying your already compromised immune system.
Never believe in speculation and hypotheses other people provide or even your own!
Vulnerable to contracting coronavirus does not mean you need to live separate from family and friends. Isolation is scary and the last thing one desires is to feel lonely. Fortunately, there are many ways you can stay connected to remote rooms or areas. You can connect with friends via video chat, social media, text or phone.
You can even connect with chronic illness communities and share this challenge. Virtually talk about your feelings and doubts or what scares you most even if they are funny or mundane things.
Helping others is a way to feel useful and connected in this difficult situation!
Accept how you feel
Some people even though they experience anxiety and fear show they are tuned out and numb. It is normal to have fluctuated feelings ranging from fear to calm and even anxious once again. Everyone is trying to protect themselves as best as they can, which gets displayed in the form of fear or detachment.
Thinking about the worst scenarios or reminding yourself not to panic is both functions of your brain. The brain is trying to avert your mind from the crushing emotions you experience.
It is normal to feel the fluctuations in emotional response!
Regular physical movements are crucial for the chronic illness community. Even though you cannot go to the gym or walk in the park, you can do a chair exercise or walk in one place. Many such exercises for the elderly and even people with health issues are available on YouTube. Whenever you feel stressed out do some workout sessions in the open balcony or garden space. Make sure to maintain social distancing.
You feel energetic and optimistic!
Associate with things you had enjoyed in the past
It is time to watch the movie you missed or read a book or bake cookies or enjoy music. A shift in doing things you enjoyed in the past seems small on paper but it will make a huge difference.
It makes you feel good!