Coronavirus versus anxiety: How to protect your mental health

Posted at 12:31 PM, Mar 16, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-16 14:30:45-04

HAMPTON ROADS, Va. - People are getting sick, schools are out, sports are gone... so is the toilet paper. And we're supposed to stay away from others!

Life is just not the same right now. But it's important that we don't stop living.

Those are similar words of author and motivational speaker Anthony Brinkley. After decades in the military, Brinkley talks about being resilient and taking action during times when we need it the most.

Brinkley says most never get beyond the point of fear in dealing with a crisis. It's important to have a plan, follow through and see what happens. You can do the same with coronavirus.

"All the time, I'll say crisis simply reveals your foundation. It could be your faith. It could be your family, altruistic things you do to help other people. Hey look, we got this, we are a great community so don't let fear just keep you and cripple you," explained Brinkley.

He suggests turning anxious feelings into thoughts of positivity.

For example, when you are feeling anxious about the pandemic or your well being - remember that if you're in your home - you're not in danger. You've thus removed yourself from danger!

Here is another source you can use to get advice that helps you avoid getting sick.