Managing Anxiety with Coronavirus, Covid-19 Uncertainty. New Zealand lockdown.

My name is Xanthe Wyse. I vlog about mental heatlh and what has helped me. I have had a lot of anxiety as well as panic attacks with my diagnoses of bipolar 1 disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), social anxiety disorder.

The situation with coronavirus has progressed very quickly with arrival into New Zealand. Drastic changes in less than a week and now days and hours. New Zealand is going into level 4 lockdown. Meaning businesses and schools are closing to try stop the spread of the virus after recent arrival from overseas.

I talk about some ways I help manage my anxiety levels. It is okay to go for a solitary walk for some exercise and fresh air.

Self-isolation and then adding solitary exercise was what I have done since 5 years ago with severe bipolar & PTSD. I have been working part-time for the past 2 years and the companies I work for are now in survival mode.

Anxiety is uncomfortable but it can be managed at low to moderate levels. I have been sharing recently some of the ways I manage anxiety including a bath meditation, music, creative expression, movement.

It’s okay to have a cry. It can be cathartic. Music can make it less painful.

Humour can be a way to cope. Colourful art with music are way I cope. It doesn’t matter if it’s messy. Scribbing on paper. Writing something.

Take care with social media as so much of it is negative. Connect to supportive people. Take care with online safety (sexting etc).

Source: Youtube