Many people are worried about the Coronavirus (COVID-19) and how the disease is making an impact on their daily lives. I'm not going to lie, I've been very anxious about this whole thing. But what's best for us to do right now (other than social distancing of course) is to manage our anxiety, fears, and worries. Dr. Sheila Jowsey-Gregoire, a Mayo Clinic psychiatrist, has some suggestions to help us out.

Dr. Jowsey-Gregoire says,

'Many unique situations are going to arise that need to be considered on a case-by-case basis. Using problem-solving and flexibility as key coping strategies, rather than relying on emotional coping ⏤ anger and despair ⏤ will help you feel, and be, in control.'

She has a list of suggestions to help manage our worry about the Coronavirus so it doesn't disrupt our lives:

  • Limit exposure to news media.
  • Avoid staying up late to monitor news.
  • When you do look at news, be sure to seek out reputable sources.
  • Connect with friends and family for support via social media or a phone.
  • Meditate, stretch or practice deep breathing.
  • Do activities you enjoy.
  • Be optimistic.
  • Eat a healthy diet.
  • Get some exercise.
  • Avoid turning to drugs or alcohol to cope.
  • Use your moral compass or spiritual life for support.
  • Remind yourself that strong feelings will fade.

I think it'd be a great idea to take a screenshot of this list, write it down or print it off and post it somewhere. Remember this list to keep a level head during this time of uncharted territory and remember that eventually, this will come to an end. We're in this together!

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