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Throughout this year, the never ending and always changing news-story about COVID-19 can create - understandably - feelings of stress and anxiety.
An update posted to CNN yesterday provided two simple yet wonderful tips on handling anxiety during this time. The update explains,
"It has been about six months since the coronavirus pandemic began, and this time of uncertainty and anxiety can take a toll on your mental health.
Andrea Bonior, a clinical psychologist, said there are a few things you can do to make sure you are staying healthy.
First, she said it is important to break the stigma and encouraged people to "think about their mental health as they would their physical health."
"You go to the dentist, you go to a specialist doctor if you have broken your leg. The same thing is when we need mental support," she told CNN on Friday. "But it's also important to take care of ourselves in those physical ways because they tie in hand in hand."
Two things she says that can help with that: sleep and spending time outside.
"The data is there. These two things significantly can help us deal with crisis situations," Bonior said.
Next, she said you should think about controllability and predictability. When you wake up in the morning ask yourself, "What can I control today?" she said.
"Just because I don't know when this will end, doesn't mean that it won't end," Bonior said.
Connecting yourself to a sense of purpose and finding ways to connect to your personal values will also help with that anxiety, she said.
"When we can connect with a sense of purpose – what are our values here, what are we teaching our children or how are we helping our neighbors – that can help us rise above the stress and connect with that greater sense of purpose," she said."
Click here to read the update page on CNN for 8/7/20.