Help for Headline Anxiety
Many of us are experiencing an increase in stress induced by the changes, sacrifices, hardships and uncertainty we continue to face in the wake of the COVID-19 crisis. While we all have been tuning in to the news, scouring headlines, and tapping into media platforms to stay informed and perhaps gain a sense of control over the situation, a constant bombardment of information can trigger anxiety or make it worse.
Here are some tips to manage news/headline anxiety:
- Avoid topics in the news that are triggering for you.
- Limit your news consumption.
- Be cognizant of your social media use.
- Practice good stress management.
- It is normal to be concerned, but try not to let fear drive your anxiety to an unhealthy level.
- Take an analytical approach; make sure the information you are taking in is actually true. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has a webpage dedicated to information on the coronavirus outbreak. You may also find useful, reputable information from local or state public health agencies or even your family physician.
If you find that anxiety is getting the best of you, remember that the Employee Assistance Program (EAP) is open and available to support you. Feel free to contact us with any questions or concerns.
KEPRO, the MCPS external EAP, is available at 866-496-9599. Call to speak with a call center counselor or visit the website at EAPhelplink.com, PASSCODE: MCPS.