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Anxious and Depressed? Experts Share Tips for Coping in Pandemic


COVID-19 has stripped control and predictability from us. We can’t do the things we want, and we aren’t sure when this mess is going to end.

So we’re anxious and depressed and overwhelmed. Many of us are trying to work and parent and keep households running. Many of us are “essential,” which means we have to work in public, putting our health at risk.

It’s a lot to deal with, but there are ways to cope, help others, and shepherd our kids to the other side of all of this.

Speaking to reporters Wednesday during a virtual media briefing, four Duke experts offered advice on getting back some control.

Watch the briefing on YouTube .Here are highlights: ON AVOIDING UNHEALTHY ROUTINES Kyle Bourassa, clinical psychology researcher “Mindfulness, exercise and mental health treatment have been shown to reduce stress over time.

That can be very helpful for some people, but we do know from decades of research, and intuitively I think, that changing how we feel is hard. Wouldn’t we all just get rid of our anxiety and stress if we could do that?”“Another useful option is focusing on our health […]

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