How to handle our individual anxieties as many prepare to return to their place of business
Across the United States, there are varying levels of stay-at-home orders as well as plans in place or already in motion to re-open businesses. According to a recent Gallup poll, seven in ten Americans are hesitant to return to normal activities, while across the world, mental health conditions including acute anxiety and depression are on the rise (according to the World Health Organization).
How can we manage our fears and anxiety if we feel that we lack the information to make confident decisions? How do we as individuals weigh the costs and benefits of returning to places of business and resuming some regular activities? How are anxiety and depression manifesting themselves in new ways during the current crisis? Jonathan Sutton, Ph.D., Director of Cognitive Behavioral Therapies Program and Velizar Nikiforov, LCPC, share their perspectives on the internal factors that contribute to anxiety and strategies on how to manage these new or familiar emotions.