Mental Check In

Lower Your Anxiety in These Alarming Times

It seems that every day there’s a new terrifying headline. There were fires in Australia and the western part of the United States in January. There’s the ongoing fear of Covid-19. And now the headlines are full of stories about Murder Hornets being sited in Washington state.

For someone who normally suffers from anxiety and depression, it can be overwhelming and lead to panic attacks and bouts of severe depression. Some mornings it doesn’t seem worth it to get out of bed.

There are several things that you can do to calm yourself and keep yourself from being sucked into the maelstrom of bad news. First, turn off the news. If you are on social media, block or unfollow news sites. Put up a post to your friends and followers that you don’t want to hear anything about the world’s troubles.

Second, take a deep breath and remind yourself that all of these things are rare. The Murder Hornets have only been seen in Washington state, and usually leave humans alone. Most people who contract Covid-19 recover. The worst-case scenario is just that, the worst case. It is unlikely that you will be affected.

Mary Newman

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