5 Reads: It’s NOT Okay to Take Small Social Risks Right Now, When We Will Reopen the Nation, Taming Pandemic Anxiety and More

Rightfully so, the main story continues to be the coronavirus pandemic. I’ll continue to share the articles I find insightful or helpful here.

As always, consult the Center for Disease Control, the World Health Organization and local sources (San Antonio) for the most up to date information and resources.

Below are five articles that have made me think over the last ten days or so.

How to Be Intentional About Consuming Coronavirus News

Jill Suttie. Greater Good Magazine

Key quote: “Taking in a constant stream of alarming news increases your stress and anxiety—and has long-term consequences for your physical health, too. The key is to balance your media diet with news stories that are more inspiring or offer solutions, and then share them with friends and family. Taking those steps will help instill a sense of hope and personal agency, in yourself and others.” Read the rest here.

How Will We Know When It’s Time to Reopen the Nation?

Aaron Carrol. The New York Times

Key quote: “To this point, Americans have been reacting, often too late, and rarely with data. Most of us are engaging in social distancing because leaders have seen what’s happening in Europe or in New York; they want to avoid getting there; and we don’t have the testing available to know where coronavirus hot spots really are. Since the virus appears to be everywhere, we have to shut everything down. That’s unlikely to be the way we’ll exit, though.” Read the rest here.

Pandemic anxiety is making us sleepless, forgetful and angry. Here are tips for coping.

Jelena Kecmanovic. The Washington Post

Key quote: “Most adults recognize persistent worry and physical sensations such as increased heart rate, sweating, gastrointestinal distress, muscle tension and throat tightness as manifestations of anxiety. But they might not understand the ways anxiety fuels other problems. “People often don’t realize that their difficulties with focus, memory, sleep and relationships can all be related to anxiety,” said Amelia Aldao, clinical psychologist and founder of Together CBT in New York City.” Read the rest here.

Why it’s not OK to take small social risks during the COVID-19 pandemic

Catherine Chambers and Daniel Harris. The Conversation

Key quote: “You may perceive your individual risk to be low, but the reality is that everyone is vulnerable to COVID-19. Social distancing protects not only you, but those in your communities who are at higher risk for severe disease, such as older adults. Even seemingly less risky social encounters with friends or family can prolong our time under social distancing measures.” Read the rest here.

7 Other Ways to Say “How Are You Doing” That Are Actually, You Know, Helpful

Mary Grace Garis. Well and Good

Key quote: ““These days, conversations can feel awkward because there’s this looming backdrop of how not normal our lives are now,” says relationship therapist Debra Roberts, LCSW, author of The Relationship Protocol: How to Talk, Defuse, and Build Healthier Relationships. “It makes us hesitate to reach out, since, for the most part, we’re all dealing with the same stressors and fears. But, don’t let that stop you: Reach out, check in, say hi, and let the people you care about know that you’re thinking of them.” Read the rest here.

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