I am a 27-year-old working in a private bank in Bhubaneswar. I am also studying to get a decent government job. Since the March 2020 lockdown, things have been far from normal. I tried to keep a positive mindset, thinking the lockdown will give me time to involve myself in studies but things did not go in my favour. Now things are worse. I cannot concentrate on my job because of fear of contracting Covid-19 and am continuously thinking of what I should do to be with my family in these hard times. I am very stressed and anxious ~ Anonymous

02 Jun, 2021 | 14:14

It makes complete sense that you feel things are far from normal and that you are feeling stressed and anxious. Health anxiety and worrying about the safety and wellness of our loved ones is a common response to what is going on. It’s okay to worry and to not feel positive at all times. It seems like some part of the anxiety is about protecting what is important to you and some part is getting in the way of your work. Try to focus on the things that are in your control rather than what is not. Remind yourself of the precautions you are taking. Have designated times where you focus on work. Take frequent breaks. Set limits on social media consumption. If the thoughts come up, try to practice some breath work with mindfulness apps and then refocus on work. If the anxiety continues to increase, consider consulting a mental health professional who can support you.

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