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How to Stop an Anxiety Spiral

Stress-Reducing Activities

  • Try meditation or any anxiety-busting method that works for you.
  • Look for things that are future-oriented and pleasurable.
  • Do tasks around the house you have been putting off.
  • Think of activities you can still do with your loved ones, even if you can't be with them physically.

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How to Stop an Anxiety Spiral

How to Stop an Anxiety Spiral

https://www.wired.com/story/how-to-stop-coronavirus-anxiety-spiral/

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Key Ideas

Why A Pandemic Is Uniquely Stressful

  • All of our attention is being focused on the threatening aspects of the situation.
  • Headlines are dominated by places where the pandemic is currently hitting the hardest.
  • Our usual routines are no longer safe.
  • The safety measures people are taking may be more immediate and visible.
  • We don’t have much control over the situation.

Tackling Your Anxiety

  • Reach out to a mental health professional, even if you can’t meet with them in person.
  • Reframe the virus outbreak by temporal distancing, or by focusing your attention on a longer timescale.
  • Try putting the outbreak in historical context (there have been many pandemics during our history).
  • Limit how much information you consume about the new virus outbreak. Find the right balance between being informed and being overwhelmed.

Stress-Reducing Activities

  • Try meditation or any anxiety-busting method that works for you.
  • Look for things that are future-oriented and pleasurable.
  • Do tasks around the house you have been putting off.
  • Think of activities you can still do with your loved ones, even if you can't be with them physically.

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