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Managing Relationships & Anxiety During These Unprecedented Times

March 13, 2020

With the recent announcement from the World Health Organization classifying the novel coronavirus as a pandemic, many are bracing themselves for drastic changes in their daily lives. 

The Family Institute’s Jonathan Sutton, Ph.D., and Alexandra Solomon, Ph.D., recently shared their perspectives and helpful tips on managing emotions and relationships while we navigate these immense shifts in our routines. The Family Institute’s Anthony Chambers, Ph.D., ABPP, sits on the board of the American Psychological Association, which always proves a valuable resource.

Dr. Solomon on Managing a No-Distance Relationship

“While we (hopefully) relish round-the-clock time with our partners when we are on vacation, this is radically different. It is unplanned and open-ended. Further, it is filled with uncertainty and fear about what lies ahead. Here are five ways to take care of yourself and your intimate relationship during this time of upheaval.”

Read Dr. Solomon’s 5 tips on navigating being home together in Psychology Today

Dr. Sutton on Managing Anxiety in the Face of a Pandemic

In a recent HuffPost article, Dr. Sutton reminds us that anxiety can actually be a signal to take reasonable steps towards being prepared. One of the ways that he recommends doing this is to identify your trusted sources of information and do your best to insulate yourself from other sources, including rumors and falsehoods.

“‘What reputable information do you need to know at this point? The CDC and WHO fit the bill for me,’ he noted. ‘Based on the best available medical information, are there steps that are relevant for you to take at this time and will you take them?’”

Read “What to do if You’re Anxious about Coronavirus”

The American Psychological Association Reminds Us to Stay Connected

The American Psychological Association recently shared 5 succinct and useful tips on maintaining perspective and a positive outlook through what can often feel like chaos. 

Though many may be self-isolating or staying away from their usual community-oriented activities, maintaining our social networks (even remotely!) can provide a valuable outlet for sharing feelings and relieving stress.

Read “Five Ways to View Coverage of the Coronavirus”