How to Distinguish Between a Public Safety Crisis and a Personal Anxiety
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The virus outbreak has people stirred up in anxiety, with canceling of travel plans and events the world over.
In this ongoing public health emergency, it is easy to overreact, as things remain unclear and potentially dangerous.
Fear of the unknown, causing anxiety, can be helped by deep breaths or just a reminder that uncertainty is a part of life.
Practicing mindfulness (or meditation), focusing on the present moment, can relieve symptoms of anxiety.
Too much panic-inducing news can cause unnecessary alarm and anxiety. It is advisable to stay clear of fake news and implausible claims on social media.
At the same time, it is also important to know the essential updates, like the recommended social distancing and events being canceled.
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