Our country is currently experiencing a collective traumatic experience. Many people feel overwhelmed and anxious during these uncertain times. Your feelings are valid and make sense in these circumstances. Considering the COVID-19 pandemic as a collective traumatic experience, it is appropriate to review the CDC’s guide to taking care of your emotional health when coping with a disaster or traumatic event.
As this guide outlines, the balance between staying informed and avoiding too much news exposure is essential. Be mindful of where your news is coming from, how often you are checking the news, and how checking the news impacts you. Does learning more information from the news alleviate some of your anxiety? Do you feel yourself becoming more anxious upon watching the news? Pay attention to these feelings and set boundaries for yourself accordingly. Review the article for more guidelines for taking care of your emotional health during this time.