Should I be worried about the Covid-19 pandemic?
We should all be monitoring this situation closely but excessive worry doesn’t help and long-term may harm both mental and physical wellbeing.
Awareness and focus in difficult situations are good, as any amount of concern increases your ability to make important decisions quickly. Your body’s stress-response system is usually self- limiting. Once a threat passes you return to your normal functioning.
In long term stressful situations like this Covid-19 epidemic, the “fight-or-flight” reaction can remain engaged and may lead to health problems.
When excessive worry lingers for a long time there is an overproduction of stress hormones which can alter the immune system and affect the brain regions that control mood, motivation and fear.