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  1. I’ve had bouts of health anxiety, my mind often drifts to cancer. I’ve always worried that I might be a hypochondriac, but fortunately (or not), a load of health issues did pop up around the stuff I was worrying about as my symptoms went unexplained for years. But not cancer, thankfully

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  2. This are good tips and advice. Thank you for sharing. Btw, I also read an article about some people improve their mental health during this pandemic. Itโ€™s because they have less socialisation. And they are able to reflect themselves well.

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  3. It’s interesting (and saddening) that health anxiety is on the rise now. It’s definitely true that every time someone coughs, we all jump to thinking Covid now though hehe. I’ve started taking Vitamin D for the first time this year, because I’m not getting enough sun as I should be doing x

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    1. I agree, yes I sneezed in the street the other day and everyone gave me a dirty look haha! Me too, I think taking vitamin D is a healthy habit to implement even if it’s not got a link to covid x

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  4. I’ve suffered from really bad health anxiety in the past – pre pandemic. I’ve written about it on my blog but it got so bad that I couldn’t do anything but lay in bed and stare at the ceiling for a whole weekend and ended up sobbing in the nurses office and being put on medication. I think people have to realise that it’s a really debilitating illness at times. I’m much better now and don’t worry nowhere near as much and I’m surprised the pandemic didn’t make it flare up for me but I can imagine a lot of people did start to experience some elements of HA during the pandemic.

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    1. Thank you for sharing, I think it definitely needs to be taken seriously when it comes to the effect it can have on other aspects of your health and life- especially mental health. I’m glad things have improved for you, it sounds like you got the help you needed which is good to hear x

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  5. This serves as a great wake-up call for me, as I think my health anxiety and general anxiety disorder is just one big melting pot. I keep taking lots of supplements and whatnot, but I’m still so worried about catching the big ‘ol coronavirus. The pandemic has definitely made my anxiety worse, but I’m trying to take little steps to make it more manageable. Thank you for sharing this, it was a lovely read x

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  6. I relate with this so much. At the beginning of the pandemic, but I think even from earlier, I thought that some symptoms might be life threatening or the beginning of something more complicated, luckily for now it’s much less. Thank you for sharing x

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  7. Health anxiety is a huge issue. It is something I see in my safeguarding role a lot and worryingly it is becoming a real issue. In some cases, with some families it is bordering on fabricated illness and in extreme cases, Munchausen by proxy.

    It is really worrying and is alarming how wide the effect of the pandemic is. Thanking for talking about this, its a worrying topic for us all and I think we probably all feel some anxiety about our health, especially those who may have avoided GP’s or missed treatment for something due to the pandemic x

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    1. That’s an extreme level, I get what you mean and I think it has got a lot worse during these tough times. Yes, we all have anxiety about it in one way or another, but it’s definitely the mood of society and the media at the moment- unfortunately there is quite a public preoccupation with our health and wellbeing x

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  8. These are great tips Eleanor and oh yea! I love your surviving the pandemic series. The pandemic definitely made us more anxious about our health. Health anxiety is so on the rise right now. There have been times when one small cough would scare the crap out of people and was perceived to be COVID. Nowadays, if you need to cough, you find a place away from people so that people don’t run away from you thinking you are a COVID patient. It’s that bad. Everyone is super conscious about their health right now and even a little change in our body scares us. The tips you gave to help reduce health anxiety are so fab especially the one on vitamin D and exercising. Lovely post x!

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    1. Thank you so much Ruth! Yes I agree, I think health anxiety has been on the rise just because of the situation and the public preoccupation with our health. I hope you found some help knowing that others are going through the same anxieties and worries x

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  9. Thank you for this! I’ve really been struggling recently. I managed to get into a habit of exercising when feeling all sorts of anxious and it really helped but I’ve really struggled finding the motivation to get back into it.

    Megan Elizabeth

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  10. These were some really useful tips and advices. I totally agree on the Vitamin D part having only begun taking supplements recently after my doctor prescribed them. I’m seeing a lot of changes health wise. I’ve been becoming quite anxious about health and my eating and have been trying to get things better. This post definitely did give me the motivation and advice I needed ๐Ÿ˜ƒ

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    1. I think vitamin D is especially important if you live somewhere where you’re not getting much sun (or during the winter months) ๐Ÿ™‚ I’m glad you’ve been looking out for your health, thank you for sharing stay safe x

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  11. I absolutely loved the post. These tips are very helpful. I am suffering from health anxiety ever since the pandemic started. Each time I feel something, my brain starts to race, and I keep waiting to check the evolution of the pain or disturb. I’m trying to be as healthy as I can be in order to eliminate any disturb but I always have some doubt in my mind. Thank you for sharing these tips I will definitely keep them in mind.

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  12. This is such an extremely important topic. Governments (as far as I’m aware of) don’t campaign for good health and immune system (exercise, nutrition and supplements like vitamin d and zinc). Nice to see you take this on!

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  13. I can relate SO much. I’ve always been mildly anxious, but after the start of the pandemic by anxiety kicked into overdrive. I became so fixated on bodily sensations and fearful that any chest pain or discomfort was a heart attack. It’s been months of therapy, yoga, journaling, and meditation and I’m finally feeling a little more comfortable and accepting of my noisy body and trusting that I’m truly OK. I always recommend going to a doctor at first to rule out anything physical, and after speaking to my doctor and finding everything to be normal, I was blown away at how my anxiety could manifest so physically.

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    1. I completely understand that, and it can be so hard to trust yourself fully when it comes to your health. I’m glad you recognised there was an issue there, and it looks like you’ve done so well with your mental health to combat it ๐Ÿ™‚ Yes that’s so true, speaking to a medical professional is a must x

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  14. I completely understand, that must be so hard. I think covid has brought out that fear in us- whether we’re scared of covid or just getting ill in general! I think all you can do is manage anxiety and look after yourself as best you can- I’m sure you’re staying safe and that’s what matters when it comes to covid! Thank you ๐Ÿ™‚

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  15. Thank you for sharing these tips. Since the lockdown, I’ve been really stressed about my mental and physical health. I get paranoid over new moles or a small pain. I think it’s been helpful to have people to calm me down. Gut health is also really important to look after, especially when most of us are sitting in out houses for most of the day!

    Em x

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    1. I understand that, our health is such a huge pre-occupation at the moment! I agree, I think looking out for your health is a great long-term way to reduce anxiety and also look after yourself ๐Ÿ™‚ thank you for sharing, stay safe x

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  16. Heightened concern about health issues has been a feature of the past twelve months for people of all ages. Of course, it doesn’t always develop into anxiety or depression.The problem for many people has been either the inability to get a face to face doctor appointment, or an unwillingness to engage with a doctor when so many are stressed out because of Covid. We feel guilty for bringing “little problems” in such an environment.
    Your points about good diet and exercise are absolutely right. One of the best remedies for moodiness, I find, is a healthy helping of the thing you most enjoy doing.

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    1. Yes I agree, it’s an issue for everyone. I think people need to realise the GP is still happy to discuss what may seem like a “small” issue” Thank you, I agree that staying fit and healthy can stop any small anxieties getting out of hand x

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