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5 Strategies to Help With COVID-19 Changes, Stress and Worry

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Posted April 30, 2020 by UVM Medical Center

In this video series, we address the growing anxiety and stress we all face during uncertain times. Our experts at UVM Health Network’s Champlain Valley Physicians Hospital Robert Althoff, MD, Chief of Psychiatry, and Aron Steward, PhD, Chief of Psychology, provide helpful coping strategies and important perspective for us all to consider as we navigate the COVID-19 pandemic.

In this video series, we address the growing anxiety and stress we all face during uncertain times. Our experts at UVM Health Network’s Champlain Valley Physicians Hospital Robert Althoff, MD, Chief of Psychiatry, and Aron Steward, PhD, Chief of Psychology, provide helpful coping strategies and important perspective for us all to consider as we navigate the COVID-19 pandemic.

  1. Reframe Your Thoughts
    Combating depression, anxiety and worry using this cognitive behavioral strategy will help you see your situation in a more positive way.
 
  1. Coping Through Memory
    Using good memories can help us calm our worries and create a sense of stability. Recalling these memories allows us to realize that the moment we’re in right now will eventually become a memory, too. Like the adage says, “This too shall pass.” 
 
  1. Positive Affirmations
    By repeating certain, calming phrases you can shift your thoughts to a healthier, more relaxing place.  
 
  1. Taking Breaks and Leave
    There are times when our system goes into overload and we need to step away, rest and recover. In this video you’ll learn the importance of resting your brain in the same way you rest your body.  
 
  1. Keeping Boundaries
    We need to conserve our energy at this time, and setting boundaries will help us get there. In this video, you’ll learn how to distinguish “what is mine, what is yours, and what is ours” to help you manage your energy.  
 
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