Anxiety In A World Full Of Viruses

  • Find a trusted source of information. One source. At most, two. Don’t watch the news all day! Don’t let the notifications constantly ping on your phone. Each time you’re distracted by a development, you’re feeding your anxiety. You are not keeping yourself or your family safer. Consider checking the Center for Disease Control website every few days. It’s well written and well informed.
  • Let this be a reminder to take better care of your physical and mental health in general. Do you struggle with motivation? You want to eat better? You want to walk daily? You just don’t have the push you need. Let this fear be your trainer. When you notice a little panic, let it work for you rather than against you.
  • Stay connected to others. Even if you are choosing to spend less time in public places, it’s important to keep people in your life. Make a plan to stay in touch with people you care about. Push yourself to reach out. Anxiety can isolate you.
  • Keep your routines whenever you can. Be careful that you don’t begin to narrow your life too much. You may find yourself dropping people or actives, just in case. If so, consider whether this is the anxiety steering you or a thoughtful response to a real threat. Anxiety has a relentless way of growing bigger if left untreated.
  • Consider counseling. Your mental health is important. Talking to a therapist and learning ways to cope with threats in your world can mean the difference between living a life you love (with some challenges), and sinking into greater anxiety and loneliness.
  • Feel less alone.
  • Tell your story and make sense of it.
  • Develop effective strategies to overcome real threats in the real world, and even stop to those nagging fears that may never materialize.
  • Figure out when your thoughts are out of your control and how to get your best self back in control.
  • Find a place of peace inside.



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Lisa Yaeger, LPC

Lisa Yaeger, LPC

​Move beyond anxiety and depression to live a life you love —