Right now it’s hard to know what is & isn’t overreacting- but self care is a lens that may help bring some clarity.
It’s normal to be worried. It’s smart to stay up to date, But how can we gauge whether our response is “not enough” or “too much”?
Self Care is the frame I’m using with myself and the people I work with. Asking questions like:
Are our media-consuming behaviors informing us or actually increasing our anxiety?
Is our planning helping bring a sense of containment or heightening our need to hoard?
Are we avoiding high-risk gatherings or could our fear keep us from the human contact we need in order to cope with stress?
Be kind to yourself by pausing to ask if your response is one of self-care. If it’s not, small modifications can help: choose trusted news sources over Facebook or YouTube, fact check rumors, give yourself some containment by setting reminders on your phone (for intervals, or arrival at GPS locations, etc) to wash your hands so you don’t have to use as much energy thinking about it, or set a timer to allocate a certain amount of time in a day dedicated to putting pen to paper and creating a plan (physically writing and then putting the paper away can be a helpful way to handle intrusive thoughts for some people).
It’s ok to need more support right now, if you are in Seattle and need help managing health anxiety, book an appointment.