With the likelihood of a second coronavirus wave looming, it can feel a little unnerving. It almost feels like it is starting all over again. Thankfully, Shop LC is here to help! David Pollock is a beauty industry veteran, chemist, and the creator of Shop LC exclusive skincare line, Clinical Results 24.7. With considerable wellness experience, David is sharing some great tips for facing a pandemic.

Little girl holding up rainbow she painted during coronavirus pandemic.

5 Ways to Face a Pandemic Without Panicking

At the beginning of a disease outbreak, most of us are usually in denial.

Some of us are skeptical of the news, others think that the sickness won’t affect them. But as the disease spreads, more and more of us begin to see the reality.

By the time it is declared to be a pandemic, alarm bells of panic will be ringing worldwide.

However, panicking is not the way to face a pandemic.

Panicking does not do any good. When we panic, we tend to overreact and make decisions that are not well thought-out.

Some people will start hoarding goods and create artificial shortages, which fuels even more panic. The economic effects alone will take a long time to recover from, and this is true for individuals and the whole nation alike.

So then how can you face a pandemic confidently and without panicking?

Be Well-Informed and Stay Updated

Information is the key to solving any problem. To handle a pandemic the smart way, you must be well informed.

Look for data on how the disease works, how it spreads, what preventive measures to take, and what is the existing treatment. Double-check your new knowledge with the actual figures of what is happening around you. Knowing things like the number of infections, the number of deaths, and the number of recoveries can give a clear idea of the progression of the disease and its severity. From this information, you can plan at your best and adjust your life and business accordingly.

When seeking information, be careful of the sources you use. You must only use verified, and authoritative sources as the rest can spread inaccurate information that can harm you.

Manage Your Anxiety

It’s normal to suffer from anxiety during these uncertain times.

Stress can cause people to make impulsive decisions, such as spending rent money on loads of toilet paper in fear of a shortage. Dealing with anxiety in a healthy way is key if you want to face a pandemic the right way.

Have a Game Plan

If you’re going to make it on the other side of a pandemic, you have to plan and plan appropriately.

From the time that the authorities announce an outbreak, start putting together a pandemic plan. Do not wait for your governor to issue stay-at-home orders.

A well thought out game plan will include things like how you are going to handle a possibility of self-isolation or lockdown, how to maintain active lines of communication, things to do during the pandemic, how to protect your financial interests and more.

Put Your Plan Into Action

When you have your pandemic game plan in place, keep following the news and details about the pandemic.

Staying informed is critical when it comes to making decisions. Use the information to decide the time to put into action your plan.

You do not have to wait for an official pandemic declaration to put your plan into action. Just choose the right moment.

How to Tackle a COVID-19 Panic Attack

People mean well when they say to stay calm, but honestly – when does that work?

Not everyone knows how to manage their own peace, especially when a sudden panic attack overwhelms you.

At the outset, you need to realize that anxiety is a feeling which stems from the mind- with raging negative thoughts and fear of impending doom. This overwhelming feeling then affects your whole body which can freeze or cause hyperventilation

So, here are four steps best to tackle a panic attack:

  1. Recognize your feelings as anxiety. When you’re anxious, it feels like something awful is going to happen, but usually that isn’t the case.
  2. Counter anxious thoughts with positive affirmations. Once you have dealt with the mind, you can tackle the body.
  3. Lie down, close your eyes, take several deep breaths, and keep focussing on positive thoughts while telling your body to relax. You should already experience a more relaxed feeling after a few minutes.
  4. Do these little exercises with a hot shower or a bubble bath and maintain deep breathing and stretching exercise. You will soon be able to clear your thought process and face any panic attack in any situation.

Stay Safe, Stay Healthy

These are strange and stressful times. Many of us have lost our routines and are overwhelmed by what’s going on outside. It’s okay to be anxious sometimes, but panicking will only make the situation more stressful.

Remember: you aren’t alone. We are all dealing with this pandemic with you. Let’s take a breather and do what’s best for us all.

This article originally appeared on David’s site, Just Ask David.

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