By now, you’ve heard about the novel coronavirus, COVID-19, and its impact on world health. While the news media is filled with sensational stories designed to grab your attention, the virus is real and you should take appropriate precautions based on the best data out there, including frequent, effective hand-washing, staying home if you’re sick, avoiding close contact with others, and covering your mouth if you cough or sneeze, among others. Visit the CDC website (or WHO) for the most up-to-date information.
But COVID-19 isn’t the only virus that’s spreading. The anxiety “virus” is also spreading quickly through a phenomenon known as social contagion. We hear about worst case scenarios in the media, see the impact on the stock market, and discuss what could happen with family, friends, and coworkers. This extreme level of uncertainty gets passed from person to person at the speed of sound, driving up anxiety to panic levels.
If you or a loved one is dealing with anxiety, we’d like to help. Here are three tools you can use today:
- Understanding why our brains react this way to anxiety is an important part of controlling it. Watch the short 2 minute video from Dr. Jud below for some important steps.
- The free “Breathe by Dr. Jud” app provides short, on-demand, evidence-based anti-anxiety exercises that can help you deal with stress and uncertainty. Download it for Apple devices or Android devices.
- Our flagship “Unwinding Anxiety” program is specifically designed to help you deal with uncertainty, stress, and anxiety. It has daily guidance, effective anti-anxiety exercises, and a supportive community to help you build the awareness and resilience to make it through the most challenging of times. During the COVID-19 outbreak, we’ve reduced the price of the Unwinding Anxiety program by 30% for new users when you sign up online here using code: RELIEF2020. (If you’re experiencing financial hardship, please email “firstname.lastname@example.org” for information about scholarships.)
We will be announcing additional free resources shortly. Stay tuned.