Anxious About COVID-19? Yale Medicine

COVID-19 emerged in November, soon spreading throughout China and the world, disrupting home and business routines. Citizens are naturally anxious about a disease that can be fatal for those over age 65 and others with compromised immune systems. People will do best to remain calm as they plan for disruptions that could last weeks or months, explains Yale Medicine infectious disease specialist Joseph Vinetz, MD. Good planning, determining priorities and values, and building resilience can minimize anxiety. “Our brains evolved to monitor our environment for signs of danger,” explains Colleen Moriarty for Yale Medicine. “During an outbreak like this we are flooded with frightening messages about the risks to us, to the ones we care about, and to our daily routines. This can push our anxiety system into ‘overdrive’ making it hard to focus on anything but the disease.” People can also plan for entertainment and activities at home, and Moriarty offers recommendations including gathering reliable information while avoiding misinformation and repetition, remaining in contact with others, continuing exercise and minimizing screen time. – YaleGlobal

Anxious About COVID-19? Yale Medicine

Leading mental health experts at Yale offer advice on how to stay calm and reduce anxiety amid the coronavirus outbreak
Colleen Moriarty
Tuesday, March 17, 2020

Read the article from Yale Medicine about reducing COVID-19 anxiety.

Tips for Reducing COVID-19 Anxiety -	Limit news take to what is reliable and new. Avoid misinformation and repetition. -	Follow recommended precautions and encourage others to do the same. -	Keep up daily routines and make adjustments as necessary.  -	Practice physical isolation but continue with talking with others with phone and online communications.  -	Stay active and unless in an absolute lockdown setting, spend some time outdoors.  -	Limit screen time.  -	Appreciate time alone for setting goals and engaging in new intellectual activities -	Set time limits and avoid repetition in interactions or activities that provoke anxiety. -	Offer to help others in small ways. -	Eat and sleep well. -	Change activities if feeling anxious.  -	Take some deep breaths. -	Keep a positive attitude and don’t reject humor.  -	Create some online support groups for exercise, meals, checking on neighbors and more.

(Source: Photo, Bert Kaufmann/Flickr; Advice, Yale Medicine and Anxiety and Depression Association of America)

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