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How to Deal with Anxiety and the After Symptoms of Having Recovered from Covid-19

 

Many people in the United States reported having anxiety issues during the pandemic.

Another group of people who contracted COVID-19 survived but had some after symptoms caused by the sickness. 

For millennia, fear has been a natural and necessary emotion for human survival and evolution. I like to divide fear into two categories, rational fear, and irrational fear. Rational fear kept our ancestors alert and prepared for wild animal attacks, and the fear of starvation motivated them to sow crops when needed. In short, this kind of fear kept us alive, and we have evolved in such a manner that today our fear makes us plan our finances and modern-day work appointments and tasks. Our capacity to predict and care about potential negative situations and avoid them before they happen makes us human.

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exhaustion and stress have become commonplace after covid

Irrational fear is somewhat different; we sometimes feel overwhelmed by fear of something illogical or even abstract, which is a regular occurrence in life for most. When people suffer from constant or nonstop irrational fear, they might be struggling with an anxiety disorder. It negatively interferes with their lives and may even be crippling for some.

According to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), mental health issues in the United States have statistically gone through the roof. Approximately 30.9% of Americans reported anxiety disorder or depression symptoms when these statistics were collected. I can detect the amount of anxiety that people around me are suffering, and many are turning to alcohol and drug abuse. 

The fear of contagion and death turned into an irrational fear (I dare to call it mass psychosis), keeping in mind that, yes, individuals with underlining medical conditions are indeed at risk from this sickness. People are constantly afraid of contracting the illness, even though there is a high vaccination rate in the United States. Individuals with comorbidities are highly vulnerable to COVID-19, diabetes, and obesity, among other hazardous factors. Whoever had a tough time with a covid infection is likely to be struggling with after symptoms, including diminished lung capacity, paralysis in many cases when intubation was deemed necessary, or other symptoms.

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trying everything under the sun to minimize the effects of covid on mental health?

Reinfection is a possibility; this, added to dealing with life while still recovering from after symptoms, produces anxiety in an alarming number of individuals. Vaccinated with boosters or not, people who recovered from covid are still contracting the sickness for a second or third time, and the public is scared. 

So how can we cope with this anxiety in particular? 

Well, I suggest that you take control of your health in any way possible. I understand some people with underlining conditions may be going through cancer, for example, and are doing their best to overcome their situation. On the other hand, a large section of the public can make a significant difference by eating wholesome meals, exercising, discontinuing unhealthy habits like drinking alcohol, tobacco smoking, eating junk food or not eating, and so on. We looked at how obesity is a dangerous underlining condition amongst individuals who contract covid. The Director of the CDC openly came out and said that eighty percent of covid deaths were because these people had four or more underlining medical conditions. So how much of your fear of covid is rational? Are you really at risk of dying from it? 

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It seems that stress hasn’t stopped during and even what feels like an after in this epidemic of covid.

I was once obese, and it wasn´t until I put effort into caring for my own body that I returned to my healthy body weight. If I were still obese, I would worry about covid; however, now that I am healthy and fit, I can tell you I had covid twice, and it wasn´t any different than a common cold, and I got through it in less than five days – because I have no underlining health conditions.

Another thing you can do to keep your anxiety at bay is to regularly go out into nature and catch a good amount of sun. This will calm you, cheer you up, boost your vitamin D levels, and help protect you from sickness because our immune system can be fortified. Do whatever you can to keep your body at its best, eat well, avoid sugar and processed food, exercise, and live your life as normal as possible. Turning off the television will also save you a lot of anxiety. News networks profit from ratings, and they get ratings by the amount of time and attention you spend watching what they broadcast. How do the news networks capture our attention? Would provoking fear in their audience help them? By no means am I downplaying the seriousness of the covid pandemic; I lost loved ones to this sickness myself.

Another aspect you can do to take control of your anxiety is to meditate for twenty minutes a day, and you should try yoga as well.

 

By Andrew G.



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