We’ve been advised to stay home to help curb the spread of COVID-19. Maybe you have gladly obeyed this directive. So in the confines of your home, you seek other means to know what is going on around the world. Also in other parts of the world, the COVID-19 figures keep adding up and maybe you are beginning to get scared.
But whether you’re a front line worker or not, how do you know whether COVID-19 is stressing you out?
1. Disruption of sleep
This might be common among frontline health workers who will have to attend to emergency situations every now and then. Maybe once you fall asleep, it doesn’t keep long before your sleep is disrupted. So you might find it difficult to fall deeply asleep again because you can’t have the peace of mind to sleep freely. This is the commonest way of detecting that COVID-19 is stressing you out.
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It could also mean you are not a frontline worker but you’re simply overwhelmed by the cases being recorded worldwide, which can lead to the disruption of your sleep.
2. Irrational thoughts
Another way of detecting if COVID-19 might be stressing you out could be the irrational thoughts you keep having. You might end up thinking over board, seeing and dwelling on only the negative aspects of COVID-19.
The first thing that comes to mind when you hear COVID-19 is death. When this starts happening to you, it might be sending the signal that you are stressed because of COVID-19 and you will need to focus more on your thought pattern than never before.
3. Short temper
Do you get angry because COVID-19 has affected you badly? Maybe you might not have noticed, but you getting angry over the minutest thing in this season can be interpreted as COVID-19 stress.
Anxiety is a sign that you have been pushed out of your comfort zone. So are you “unnecessarily” worried about the current developments happening in the world? In whatever way you are anxious, it could also be as a result of the stress you are facing because of COVID-19.
Are you restless? Do you have a reason to? Yours might not be because of insomnia but stress. Try and pay attention to it to know whether your restlessness might be as a result of COVID-19.
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