12 ways to cope with coronavirus anxiety, according to psychologists

  ..by: Anna Medaris Miller 

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  • The novel coronavirus continues to batter cities and overload hospitals across the US, causing residents to experience anxiety over the unknown, the health of their loved ones, the economy, and more.
  • Psychologists say feeling worried and anxious is normal in a crisis like this, but it can be managed.
  • To cope, limit your media exposure to the issue, do your part in helping control the virus’s spread, reach out to others, and follow these other expert tips.
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Know that feeling anxious about coronavirus is OK and normal.

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Wall Street traders are among those experiencing stress as the economy suffers. 

With rising death tolls, epic unemployment rates, physical isolation from loved ones, and, for many, a loss of routine and purpose, Americans are enduring a mental-health crisis alongside the medical one.

According to an Axios/Ipsos Poll of 1,092 adults in the US conducted between March 13 and March 16, 78% of men and 82% of women are either somewhat or extremely concerned about the outbreak.

A more recent Gallup poll found that daily stress and worry plague 60 percent of American adults.

That’s understandable, Julie Pike, a clinical psychologist in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, who specializes in anxiety disorders, told Business Insider. “Anxiety is mother nature’s way of trying to protect us by pushing us to resolve uncertainty and figure out a solution,” she said.

But while eliminating coronavirus-related stress is a tall order, it can, and should, be managed so you can maintain your mental health — and your immunity.   Read further from Source

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