Managing anxiety in times of Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Managing anxiety in times of Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Up until two weeks ago many of us were finalizing our travel plans for March break. Then suddenly the news channels began bombarding us with Coronavirus news.  The World Health Organization subsequently labeled COVID-19 known as a pandemic. Emotional responses included anxiety states and even panic attacks. With added information that people over 60 and those with other underlying health conditions, including hypertension and diabetes mellitus,  are more vulnerable has also contributed to the added anxiety being experienced.  To cope during these extremely distressful times, the World Health Organization has published several infographics on how to protect your mental health. One of these is especially dedicated to children.


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NePHJC: This page is meant to be a living resource for nephrologists during the COVID19 pandemic.

COVID-19 online-self-assessment: You can use this helpful online tool to check if you have symptoms related to Coronavirus. Please note that the helpline numbers given at the end of the assessment are only for the residents of Alberta. Please visit the official public health services department website of your province to get accurate information and helpline numbers:

How to stay calm and protect your mental health during coronavirus: The APPLE technique can help you deal with anxieties and worries:

Check the World Health Organization’s official website to get Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) advice for the public. With social media, it sometimes becomes difficult to segregate facts from fake news and rumors: 

This useful guide covers topics like planning for staying at home or indoors, taking care of your mental health and wellbeing, and a checklist to see if are you ready to stay at home:

You can also go through Psychonephrology resources on how to build mental resilience, with the focus on mindfulness, good sleeplonelinessmindfulness meditationmindful yoga and benefits of journaling. There are also posts that discuss burnout in different healthcare professions like physiciansnurses or caregivers. Technology plays an important role at a time when many of us are self-isolating.

We, at Psychonephrology, wish everyone good health and we hope that the situation will calm down sooner rather than later.

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By |2020-03-24T18:49:00+00:00March 19th, 2020|Mental Health, 2020, COVID 19|0 Comments

About the Author:

Erika Engel is an executive/life coach and therapist. She works with clients to help them increase self-awareness in order to create more choice in personal and professional pursuits and to arrive at their own definition of balance and fulfillment. She has been interested in mindfulness for a number of years and has completed a Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction course at the Toronto Mindfulness Clinic led by Lucinda Skyes. Erika often recommends mindfulness meditation to reduce anxiety and stress for her clients. Erika has completed the Advanced Training in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy program at the Toronto Psychoanalytic Society. She is also a member of the Canadian Association for Psychodynamic Therapy. Erika is certified by the International Coaching Federation and is qualified by Psychometrics Canada to administer the MBTI.