According to Dr. Sara Hopkins, one of the counselors in Trevecca's Counseling Center, the fear people are feeling when they get sick is common.
"The unknown is hard on us all and I think this is effecting us across multiple plains. It’s SO normal to feel anxious when you start to develop physical symptoms, you aren’t alone in that," Hopkins says.
If you begin to feel ill, and panic sets in, Hopkins suggests the following tactics:
- Start with taking a few deep breaths, telling yourself the truth: ‘This is a season in which a lot of people get sick. I can do what I can to keep myself well and others well.'
- Reach out to our clinic for clarification and next steps.
- When waiting for test results, reach out to your community and those who offer you support.
- Do what feels good for you while you wait, whatever that is. Maybe this is a great time to distract with a good book, a Netflix series, or catch up on some work you need to do.
- Remember that you will have answers soon, the waiting is temporary. Results usually are back within 24 hours.