Hi Katniss and warm welcome to our forums
Anxiety is the pits isn't it. I've lived with it for a very long time. This COVID-19 is a real testing time for me, as it obviously for you. Change is a trigger for some, but for me, change is okay. I can live with it quite easily and to be honest need it. My husband on the other hand is someone who experiences anxiety significantly when change occurs, however, living with me, he's learnt that things aren't that bad (sometimes he forgets0.
So what are some of his strategies -
acknowledge that change is inevitable. That control over these changes are outside of his control.
accept it when changes occur. Being aware of what's happening, listening to 'official reports' about lockdowns, shutdowns, next possible moves. This is a really important step. Hubby deals with change better if he has a better understanding of what's happening and what the options are. We usually talk these through to help bring down his anxiety. From where I sit, it's keeping up with the 'official reports' (not your media triads that send people into a spin - that's what they're designed to do). Not sure which state you live in, but our State has a daily broadcast from our Premier who tells us, what's happening, what's likely to happen and what we as a community need to do. I've taken to listening to this on a daily basis (mid morning) and it gives me some confidence about what to do. I interpret this for my hubby so he doesn't get to stressed. Would your boyfriend be able to do that for you?
I also listen to what the Prime Minister is saying - it helps to understand what may happen in the future (or may not happen). I'm leaving politics aside for now - for me it's essential to have a clear understanding about the changes that are occurring.
Not sure I've helped Katniss, I think the essence of my post is - listen to official broadcasts by officials only. Not the media, like news or current affair.It helps to some degree to know what is going on.