Dealing With Anxiety Amid COVID-19

Anxiety around the world has grown amid the COVID-19 pandemic, and according to Cleveland Clinic’s Scott Bea, PsyD, the growth is likely fuelled by uncertainty.
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Dr. Bea said while it can be difficult to find peace of mind with everything that is happening around the world, creating new routines can help ease stress and anxiety.

“We’re really being testes, in terms of controllability,” Dr. Bea said.

“A lot of it is taken out of our hands.

“I think you try to focus on a couple things that are within your control.

“Really taking all the advisements seriously is one way to exert some governance.

“Schedule your day in hour blocks of time, or even shorter blocks of time, so that there’s a rhythm and a pace to your day.

“It’s actually a known biological treatment for depression, we call it activity-scheduling, many workplaces operate on schedules.

“If we can start to induce that into our daily lives a little bit, that makes our days go faster, makes them more meaningful, and we feel more effective in our days,” he said.

Dr. Bea said in a time like this, it’s reasonable to expect emotions to fluctuate, and while it takes some time, mental health care should be taken seriously.

“Research says it takes about 66 days to form a new habit,” Dr. Bea said.

“We are forming habits right now and it’s great if we can guide some of those habits, rather than just having them happen to us.

“If we can show a little control in that area that would make a big difference for us too,” he said.

To conclude, Dr. Bea said mental health professionals are available, even virtually or over the phone, to help those who may be struggling with depression or thoughts of self-harm.

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