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COVID-19 ANXIETY MANAGEMENT

The COVID-19 pandemic has put so many people through increased stress. Between the news and social media, we are surrounded by the terrifying reality that is the world right now. Whether it is being inside, with way more time to think, or outside, working in the midst of the pandemic, life is very different than it was just a few months ago. As a result, this has taken a huge toll on the mental health of countless people.

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There are a number of ways to manage the stress and anxiety that the pandemic has caused. Obsessing over the virus and not taking a break from the news can be overwhelming. While it is important to stay informed using trustworthy sources, such as the World Health Organization, the Center for Disease Control, and local public health departments, it is just as important to take breaks. Reading, watching movies, or starting a new hobby can be great escapes from the outside world. Recognize when you start feeling more anxious or overwhelmed and take a step back. In some instances, it may be best to take an extended break from the media. It also may be helpful to recognize what is in your power and what is not in your power. You cannot control the pandemic but you can help slowing the spread by following proper protocol. Remember, that if things do get to be too much to handle on your own, you can reach out to mental health professionals for virtual therapy.

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