Managing Anxiety about Corona Virus - Covid-19
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Managing Anxiety about Corona Virus - Covid-19

A Range of Skills, Strategies and Techniques for Individuals and Professionals
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Last updated 4/2020
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This course includes
  • 2 hours on-demand video
  • 2 downloadable resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
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What you'll learn
  • Learn behavioural techniques to help reduce anxiety and worry
  • Learn Cognitive techniques to help reduce anxiety and worry
  • Minimise anxiety levels associated with Corona Virus and Anxiety generally
  • Students should have a good basic level of English and an interest in the area

This course has been designed to help people cope with anxiety and worry associated with the current outbreak of Covid-19/Corona-Virus.  It is also a very valuable resource for professionals who are supporting clients through this difficult time.  The course focuses on a wide range of Cognitive Behavioural techniques that are easy to learn, practice and implement on a daily basis.  The range of techniques are also very valuable for use in other areas of life and during other periods, where anxiety and worry might be present.

Who this course is for:
  • Anyone and everyone who feels some anxiety and worry about Corona-Virus - Covid-19
  • Professionals working with people experiencing anxiety due to Corona Virus
  • People with family members experiencing anxiety due to Corona Virus
Course content
Expand all 32 lectures 01:49:49
+ Introduction
1 lecture 01:35

This lecture welcomes the student to the course

Preview 01:35
+ What is Corona Virus?
4 lectures 13:32

This lectures gives an Introduction to the course and brief overview

Preview 02:17

Governments in many parts of the world have introduced restrictions on movement for its citizens.  Its important to make yourself aware of restrictions in your part of the world and to follow these closely.

Preview 03:23

Anxiety is a normal, health human emotion that helps us to stay safe.  Its important to normalise anxiety and this helps, strangely enough to minimise it!

Preview 05:04

As with any new skill, it is very important to practice all of the skills in this course.  Watch each video as often as you can in order to perfect your skills at managing anxiety.

Practice CBT Skills
+ Behavioural Strategies to Combat Anxiety
3 lectures 12:38

Here we talk about managing our consumption of news during this period of heightened anxieties.  Its important to be informed of course, but when do we need to 'switch off' from the ongoing news cycle?

Behavioural Strategy 1

Here we look at the importance of recognising, maintaining and increasing our social support network, so that we feel more supported through the difficult times.

Behavioural Strategy 2

The importance of physical movement and exercise is discussed here (if you have any doubts about your ability to keep active, please do consult your physician) and specifically, the relationship between movement and mood!

Behavioural Strategy 3
+ Cognitive Strategies
24 lectures 01:22:04

Overview of Cognitive strategies and how to make sure we practice them frequently.

Introduction to Cognitive Strategies and How to Use Them

Here we look at the important links between what we think, what we do and how we feel as a result.  This is the very foundation of CBT.

Thoughts, Feelings and Behaviour

Here we look further at the link between what we think about and how we feel...remember what we think about, we bring about!

I Think Therefore I Feel

In this lecture we are encouraged to do some research and find some of the under-reported positive news about Covid-19.  Its important to get a balanced perspective and not just listen to negative, unhelpful news.

Searching for the Positive News

Here we look at the tendency to make matters seem much worse than they actually are, and then, as a result, we feel more anxious than we would otherwise feel.


Predicting the future negatively is a frequent mistake we all make and it creates a great deal of anxiety.

Predicting the Future Negatively

Here we look at the practice of chunking all the negative news together and feeling dreadful as a result.  We discuss the importance of dealing with this.

Negative Chunking

Distraction has long been used by therapists with their clients in order to reduce anxiety and depression for example.  Clients are encouraged to immerse themselves in activities in order to distract themselves from challenging events.

Using Distraction Techniques

Demanding certainty in an uncertain world is bound to increase our anxiety levels.  here we look at this practice and how to overcome it.

Demanding Certainty

Otherwise known as superman/superwoman syndrome, where we demand perfection of ourselves and this inevitably leads to increased anxiety.

Demanding Perfection of Ourselves

These are the 'drivers' of anxiety and depression, unhelpful, unrealistic ways of placing demands on ourselves.

Should have, Have to, Got to, Ought to - The Drivers of Anxiety

Not to be complacent of course during this time, but this lecture talks about our tendency to over-estimate the risks and dangers and how this leads to anxiety.

Over-Estimating the Dangers

This lecture looks at the frequent habit of telling ourselves that we cannot cope with x,y and z.  We tend to ignore the challenges we have dealt with in the past and how we have overcome them successfully.

Under-Estimating Our Ability to Cope

This too will pass! We do well to remind ourselves that challenging issues do pass sooner or later, Covid-19 will also pass at some point (hopefully soon)!.  We can sometimes imagine that this challenge or that challenge will be around forever, then we feel dreadful!

Reminding Ourselves of the Temporary Nature of the Problem/s

In the midst of challenging events and difficult periods in life, its more important than ever to begin to make generalised plans (about happy, positive, pleasurable) events in the future, once the current challenging period has passed and life begins to return to normal again.

Constructive Planning for the Future

This is a technique often discussed in CBT sessions, where the client is encouraged to keep a helpful, constructive journal. This helps to re-frame our thoughts around current challenges and how we are handling them.

Keeping a Cognitive Journal

What if X happens? What of that leads to Y and Z? This lecture discusses the dreaded what if's etc and how we can overcome them.

Challenging the What If's

Even if we live alone or have to isolate ourselves during this period of Covid-19 outbreak, we do well to remind ourselves that we are not alone, but are actually one of a world-wide community.

Assuming that we are Alone in Our Challenges

Here we discuss the view from the balcony technique, which helps us to create a healthy distance and sense of objectivity about what is going on in the world at the moment.

View From the Balcony - Distancing Ourself from Our Thoughts

Here we start to bring together the skills of raising awareness of and challenging and then replacing our unhelpful thoughts.  This is central to Cognitive Behaviour Therapy.  habits are temporary (they haven't always been with us) and they can be broken!

Challenging the Habits of Unhelpful Thinking

Here we discuss the use of therapy books to help us manage anxiety and to continue our progress in the future.  Its important to keep up the good work!

Using Biblio-therapy: Books as Therapeutic Tools

Here we look at a list of questions to ask yourself about some of the unhelpful thoughts you are habitually thinking.  This is an important step in the process of changing them (dumping the unhelpful thoughts!)

Questions to Ask Yourself About Your Frequent Thoughts

Central to raising awareness of our unhelpful thoughts is the use of the ABC form.  here we look at how to use the ABC form on a frequent basis.

Using the ABC Form to Examine Your Thinking

Here is where I say a great big thank you to you for your perseverance on this course.  Also included in this section are a list of organisations based in the UK that can help and support you through a range of mental health needs.  Also included is useful information about Covid-19 from the World Health Organisation.

Summary and ThankYou!