Health & Fit AMA president: 7 ways to keep peace of mind amid coronavirus fears and worries

22:30  25 march  2020
22:30  25 march  2020 Source:   usatoday.com

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As the COVID-19 outbreak in the United States creates uncertainty, upends familiar routines and shuts down our favorite places to gather and socialize, it’s natural to feel overwhelmed and anxious about what’s to come.

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As a child and adolescent psychiatrist for more than 20 years, I’ve helped countless children and families regain their footing after experiencing a disaster or trauma firsthand. My message to them is a simple one: Feelings of fear, worry and anxiety are normal. Give yourself permission to express these emotions.

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I’m reminded of this message as I watch and read the round-the-clock news coverage of the COVID-19 outbreak and its ripple effects across all of our lives. But times of disruption can be used as a time to be laser focused on the health and safety of you and your loved ones.

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As the viral outbreak continues to escalate here at home, here are some practical tips for restoring what disruption threatens to take away:

►Feel your feelings. It’s natural to worry and be afraid during a major health emergency such as the COVID-19 outbreak. It’s important to remember there are public health officials at the federal, state and local levels, as well as experts in the private sector, all working tirelessly to limit the spread of this outbreak and its impact.

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Channel your worry into action. Create a safety action plan for you and your family. Follow the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines that we’ve all become familiar with: Cancel or postpone in-person events that consist of 10 people or more; avoid close contact with people (6 more feet apart); be diligent about washing your hands — warm, soapy water for at least 20 seconds; avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth; and avoid others who are sick.

If you have symptoms and need to be seen by a doctor, call your physician’s office or hospital in advance so they can be prepared with proper infection control measures to help prevent further spread of the disease.

►Get your body moving. For those of us who suddenly find ourselves working from home, you can relieve stress and anxiety by carving out time in your day — everyday — to get in motion. Dance to your favorite song. Take a walk in a safe area. And when you’re done, pause and take deep breaths before you return to your scheduled activities.

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►Take breaks from the news and social media. All of us are inundated with a constant stream of information and “breaking news” about the outbreak, and our current media and social media environment add layers of stress on top of everything else we’re experiencing. Step away from the computer and smartphone from time to time, and make it a regular habit. When you return to the screen, make sure the information you’re getting is from reputable sources such as the CDC, National Institutes of Health and the American Medical Association, not just sources in your social media feed. 

►Stay connected. The benefit of social media is that it gives us a common connection point in times of isolation. But there’s much more to staying connected with the friends, family and the people in your community. Reach out to those you haven’t heard from in a while. It’s OK to socialize from a distance. Pick up the phone and call someone, particularly older friends and family who may not be as comfortable with new technology.

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►Create new routines. There is comfort in familiarity in times of disruption. Establish new routines you can stick with within the ever-changing environment we find ourselves in.

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►Lead by example. Show those around you — your family, neighbors and community — how to follow the guidelines while still maintaining your health and well-being. Be kind to others, try to understand people who are different and their unique situation, and practice patience when you are frustrated. Heading to the store or pharmacy? Ask others, particularly the elderly or those with underlying health conditions, whether they need you to pick anything up for them. Be an example for others to follow.

It’s important to remember that individual actions lead to collective impact. We’re in this together; no one carries this burden alone.

Patrice A. Harris, MD, MA, is the president of the American Medical Association. Follow her on Twitter: @PatriceHarrisMD

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