Feelings of anxiety: How to cope with weekslong coronavirus isolation

President Donald Trump has extended social distancing guidelines until at least April 30 to slow the spread of the coronavirus.

News 12 Staff

Mar 30, 2020, 11:55 PM

Updated 1,512 days ago

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President Donald Trump has extended social distancing guidelines until at least April 30 to slow the spread of the coronavirus.
This means that many New Jersey residents will be working from home or staying in their homes for a least a month longer -and many may be completely alone.
“There’s a universal feeling of anxiety,” says psychologist Dr. Janie Feldman. “A lot of people are feeling isolated and disconnected now.”
Feldman says that the best way to cope during the pandemic is to have a plan.
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“Have a routine of what you’re going to do every day. Set goals and expectations,” she says.
Feldman says that this is also a great time to spend with pets.
“If you have any pets, having some contacts with furry friends is a really fulfilling and soothing experience,” she says.
Feldman also advises eating healthy and staying physically active. She also suggests some therapy apps.
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“My personal favorite is called 'Calm'…you've got meditations on every mood you could imagine. You've got soothing sounds…Things for focus and activity and sleep,” she says.
Feldman also recommends an app named “Youper.”
“It combines relaxation and meditation with self-awareness and mind-body activities,” she says.
Experts also recommend reaching out to friends and family by phone or digitally when you are feeling lonely.


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