We know that the current state of the world can worsen underlying anxieties that many of us have. This may be particularly difficult for people who already have health anxiety and/or have underlying physical conditions. Disruptions to our routine, large or small, can also be hard to manage at a time when we are feeling vulnerable. Life is always uncertain, and we never know the future, but that feels so much more true right now.
- Lisa A. Uebelacker, PhD, Assistant Director, Psychosocial Research Program, Butler Hospital
Be disciplined about your contact with the news. We all have the option of 24/7 news coverage, but that does not mean we should use it. Think ahead about how much exposure to the news you need to stay informed. Is it watching the TV news once per day? Or reading the paper for 20 minutes in the morning? For most people, exposure to the news once per day is probably sufficient to understand what is happening and to follow any directives from public health officials. Once you make a plan, try to stick to it. Reading more and more about this pandemic will probably NOT decrease your anxiety, even though it may feel that way.
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