How to protect yourself from panic and anxiety about the new coronavirus?

With the spread of the new coronavirus infection (COVID-19) continuing to spread worldwide, a large amount of information is being circulated through media such as TV and newspapers and SNS. As a result of touching too much information, anxiety and panic may proliferate, Joe Daniels , a lecturer at psychology at Bath University in the UK, said, `` Anxiety about the new coronavirus infection How to protect yourself from panic and panic '.

Coronavirus: how to stop the anxiety spiralling out of control

'Fear is a normal and necessary evolutionary response to threats. Ultimately, fear is designed to keep us safe,' Daniels said, fear itself is by no means crazy. . The human brain evaluates the effects of emotional, social, and physical threats on its own survival, and in some cases, evokes a response to fear, such as a ``

reaction to fight or escape '' response .

The fight or flee reaction is a biological response to fear, and hormones such as adrenaline are secreted in large quantities to escape the threat of encountering dangerous animals. In addition, when the heart rate and blood pressure rise, physical symptoms such as sweating and fever appear, when the activity of unnecessary organs is suppressed or the muscles are tense in an emergency, running and fleeing or fighting The body is equipped.

The reaction that has evolved in the course of evolution is fighting or fleeing, but `` this system is prone to malfunction, and it reacts disproportionately to threats that are not so serious or urgent in practice. Yes, 'says Daniels. Not only when he encounters an enemy attacking but also when he is worried about getting infected with the new coronavirus, he may react to fight or escape.

Certainly, the new coronavirus infection is a threat, but fighting or escaping or reacting to muscle tension or excitement does not help. What is needed against the threat of infectious disease is a rational approach to infectious disease and a high level of cognitive skills. However, Daniels commented, 'Sadly, it's easy to say, it's hard to do. Once you've learned your fear, it's difficult to stop it.' Claims to be prone to

One group that is easy to remember anxiety and panic about the new coronavirus infection, Daniels points out, is 'chronicly ill.' `` Their concerns are justified and motivation to take precautionary measures is extremely important, '' said Daniels, who has some form of the disease at high risk of developing the new coronavirus infection. Pointed out. On the other hand, it is important not only to increase uneasiness but also to support uneasy emotions.

In addition, those who regularly check health-related information on a regular basis and those who have signs of

obsessive-compulsive disorder who have a strong tendency to repeatedly check for specific matters may also be affected by the spread of the new coronavirus infection. Is one of the groups that tends to be unstable. Although worrying about the new coronavirus infection is not always a psychological obstacle, if you are worried enough to hinder your daily life, you should deal with excessive anxiety and panic Daniels claims.

If you are actually worried about the new coronavirus infection and hinder your daily life, stop checking frequently for news and SNS postings related to the new coronavirus infection and turn off notifications. Is recommended, says Daniels. Initially, it may have begun to collect various information to deal with anxiety,

but it has been pointed out that hoaxes related to the new coronavirus are flying around on SNS, and it is uneasy if you touch more information than necessary Will proliferate.

Instead of seeing unreliable internet news and SNS posts, Daniels recommends contacting more reliable sources, such as websites run by state agencies and professional organizations. You. In many cases, 'intolerance to uncertain information' will continue people's anxiety rather than the disease itself.

Also, when you feel stress or anxiety, your breathing becomes shallow and your respiratory rate increases, so intentionally repeating deep breathing can also help to calm your mood by resetting your response to fight or escape. That's right. In addition, exercising and exercising, and meeting friends and family and participating in video chats to avoid social isolation are also important in dealing with anxiety. 'While vigilance and precautionary measures are needed to combat new coronavirus infections, there is no need for psychological pain or widespread panic. Maintain everyday life, maintain a perspective, and reduce unnecessary stress. Is the key to psychological survival, 'Daniels said.

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