The Coronavirus Anxiety Cycle

Uncertainty about coronavirus spreads anxiety through social contagion. Here’s a way to minimize that. Stocking up on large amounts of toilet paper when you see others doing so is an example of social contagion.Credit Getty Images   Anxiety is a strange beast. I have learned that anxiety and its close cousin, panic, are both born from fear. I know that fear’s main evolutionary function is helping us survive. In fact, fear is the oldest survival mechanism we have. Fear helps us learn to avoid dangerous situations in the future through a process called negative reinforcement. For example, if we step … Continue reading The Coronavirus Anxiety Cycle

Advice for your mental health from WHO

ADVICE FOR YOUR MENTAL HEALTH FROM WHO Minimize watching, reading or listening to news that causes you to feel anxious or distressed; seek information only from trusted sources and mainly to take practical steps to prepare your plans and protect yourself and loved ones. Seek information updates at specific times during the day, once or twice. The sudden and near-constant stream of news reports about an outbreak can cause anyone to feel worried. Get the facts; not the rumors and misinformation. Gather information at regular intervals, from WHO website and local health authorities platforms, in order to help you distinguish … Continue reading Advice for your mental health from WHO

A time of uncertainty and compassion for others

As the country seems to be going through yet more turbulent times, it is good to have our mindfulness practice to see us through whatever arises, giving us a little distance, a little breathing space, between ourselves and the haunting headlines which seem designed to scare us. It is hard not to feel overwhelmed by the events around us, and so we can offer ourselves a little self compassion and send that compassion out to those around us and further afield who are also suffering with the events that are unfolding around them. Continue reading A time of uncertainty and compassion for others