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When Anxiety Is Useful and When It Isn't

Talking To Children

Children think of the world as a safe, good place, as they are shielded from the worst aspects. With this new virus, we need to help them adjust, telling them to stay home as there is a strange bug outside that makes elders sick and can be spread easily to them. They also need reassurance and age-appropriate answers to help them comprehend the situation.
Example: You can tell them that kids seem to not get very sick from this, but it affects older people more

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When Anxiety Is Useful and When It Isn't

When Anxiety Is Useful and When It Isn't

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Pandemic Anxiety

Excessive anxiety around this global pandemic is becoming a mental health epidemic across the world.

While a certain amount of stress is useful, it needs to be channelled to help us act in the best possible way, achieving peace and productivity in the coming weeks and months.

Times of Uncertainty

Humans subconsciously look for self-protective assumptions when faced with uncertain situations, and different personalities have a different level of ‘optimism bias’. This bias, however, has the opposite effect when faced with a life-threatening, invisible enemy.

Those who have faced adverse situations can turn to panic buying and hoarding, with some feeling empathy towards others as well.

Talking To Children

Children think of the world as a safe, good place, as they are shielded from the worst aspects. With this new virus, we need to help them adjust, telling them to stay home as there is a strange bug outside that makes elders sick and can be spread easily to them. They also need reassurance and age-appropriate answers to help them comprehend the situation.
Example: You can tell them that kids seem to not get very sick from this, but it affects older people more

Catastrophization

It’s a good idea to stay positive, help the less fortunate, and connect(virtually) with your loved ones. Bad times don’t last, and governments around the world are working on various financial and medical responses to this once-in-a-century pandemic.

Survive The Pandemic

  • Follow social distancing norms.
  • Make an effort to reach out to those who are living alone, and may suffer from depression and anxiety.
  • Buy food and medical supplies in a measured and calm way.
  • Take up relaxing activities at home, like gardening or even a hot bath.
  • Play and read with your children, taking care of their mental health.
  • Use your digital devices to stay in touch with your loved ones and friends.
  • Do more offline activities and games.
  • Limit your news intake.
  • Follow the basics: Good sleep, healthy diet and regular exercise.

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