Saturday 21 March 2020

How to Keep Well during the Coronavirus Outbreak

By Quinn Brown

Photo of Scarborough beach chalets by the author

As someone who suffers with crippling anxiety, it has unfortunately heightened due to the outbreak of coronavirus which is affecting pretty much the entire planet. But I have been finding ways to focus on things that are not coronavirus related. Here is what I did to help myself which could help anyone who is in the same boat.

  • Partake in some photography. I have a nephew who I have been using as my subject but you can also use objects or pets, whichever takes your fancy.
  • Put some calming music on. I’m a Motown / Marvin Gaye kind of guy myself so that type of music helps to relax me when my anxiety starts flaring up.
  • Talk to friends online or by phone. You can use apps such as Skype or Zoom or you can just use Messenger. Or if you want to hear a voice, a good old phone call is also good.
  • Indulge in a good book! I’ve been reading Dracula by Bram Stoker and it is a classic!
  • Blogging is one of my ways of venting about mental health and more so when my anxiety is rearing its ugly head. I use Wordpress for this and it’s really good!

I know not everyone is the same but the above is what I use to help me and sometimes I even do some gaming! Taking a long, relaxing bath is also a good way to relax. I could go on, the list is endless!

About the Author

My name is Quinn Brown. I am a trans man and I run my own LGBTQ-support group called seLGBTQ+ as well as helping my best friend and his wife run a mental health group called Talk Tonight Selby.

You can find me on Facebook and Twitter.


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