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The COVID-19 pandemic did not only cause a global economic crisis, it also took a huge toll on the mental and emotional wellbeing of people who are dealing with the changes it brought.  For many, the uncertainty surrounding coronavirus is the hardest thing to handle, which feeds their stress and anxiety during these crucial times.  

Various journals and articles argue that stress and anxiety can root from many causes such as isolation and confinement, as well as from environmental and social changes that are being implemented to transition to the new normal.  

Here are some helpful and healthy ways of coping and dealing with the uncertainty caused by the COVID-19 pandemic: 

Filter your news sources 

There can be a lot of misinformation in the digital age which can only add to the stress and anxiety of online newsreaders. While it is vital to stay informed, make sure that you stick to trustworthy and relevant websites for news and updates about the pandemic. 

Reduce your screen time 

As the world goes through its first global pandemic in the digital age, it is hard to stay away from constant updates and news reports, which only fuels anxiety rather than easing it. Practice limiting your exposure to any screen per day especially if you start feeling overwhelmed with information.  

Focus on the things you can control 

One of the main causes of anxiety is the lack of control and the uncertainty of what will happen next. When you feel yourself getting caught up in fear of what might happen, try to shift your focus to things you can control.  While you can’t control the outbreak of the virus, you can do some things to reduce your risk and protect your family from getting it. 

Plan for what you can 

Since anxiety feeds on the uncertain, being proactive with the situation can help to relieve stress and calm your mind. You can try making a list of your worries and anxieties and write down all the possible solutions you can think of. Focus on the concrete things that you can do, rather than the circumstances you can’t control. 

Strengthen connections 

Humans are social beings and are hardwired for making connections. Prioritize staying in touch and connected with friends and family. It is also important to take breaks in talking about the pandemic and enjoy each other’s ‘virtual company’ to laugh and share stories.