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According to the Washington Post, psychologists and therapists have been reporting for months an increase in stress and anxiety among their clients in response to current events. Instead of binge watching a TV show or overeating, try these doctor and therapist recommended methods to cope with stress and manage your emotions:
Identify The Cause
The American Psychological Association recommends identifying the stressor, such as a crying baby or a big work project or a credit card bill, and intentionally step away from it. Not avoid it, but take 20 minutes to step back, breathe, clear your mind and reframe the problem. This will help you think of a solution more efficiently, and help you not feel as overwhelmed.
It is well documented that strong social networks help us manage our anxiety and regain emotional health. They are especially important when stress and anxiety sharply increase. According to Daniel Keating, a professor of psychology at the University of Michigan, social interactions release the "good feeling" hormones, serotonin and oxytocin, which conflict with the cortisol released by anxiety. Social engagement also promotes use of the prefrontal cortex part of the brain, which is also used to control emotions and make thoughtful decisions.