A Grief Expert’s Take On Pandemic Anxiety
It’s no surprise that everyone feels more anxious this year, thanks to the coronavirus pandemic and the election. But luckily, there are simple ways to keep it from spiraling out of control, says Claire Bidwell Smith, a grief therapist and the author of Anxiety: The Missing Stage of Grief (Buy It, $15, bookshop.org). Here’s how to take charge.
First, What Is Anxiety, Exactly?
“It’s the fear of something real or imagined. When we become anxious, our fight-or-flight response kicks in and our adrenaline pumps, our heart starts to beat faster, and our stomach muscles constrict. Anxiety is manifested in two ways. There are the physical symptoms, which can confuse people and make them think something is wrong with them. I can’t tell you how many clients I’ve had who ended up in the emergency room thinking they were having a heart attack. A feeling of light-headedness, tingling, or nausea is also common. And you can feel anxiety in the pit of your stomach — it’s dread, like something bad is going to happen.
The second way is the emotional side of it — the incessant thoughts we can get trapped in when we’re anxious. An example is the kind of catastrophic thinking that makes us leap to the worst-case scenario…
5 Tips to Build Mental Fitness Within Your Teams
Many of today’s leaders understand that improving their employees’ mental health is good both for their people’s well-being and their business. Unfortunately, while they get the importance of mental health right, all too often they get the definition of mental health wrong.
Traditionally, mental health has been defined by what it’s not. If you’re not mentally ill, you must be mentally healthy. But mental health means much more than living without pain or disability. It is also about building strength and improving your well-being…