It’s normal to feel fear and anxiety during times of uncertainty.
Dr. Allyson Cherkasky, a psychologist at the Beth-Israel Lahey Medical Weight Loss and Professor at William James College, confirmed these feelings can actually help us care for ourselves, and others, if we handle them correctly.
The “flight or fight” response caused by fear is an age-old mechanism designed to keep us safe. It affects every organ of the body, the brain, the heart, the skin, the endocrine system, etc. So when we’re stressed and our psychological resources are down, our biological resources breakdown as well.
Anxiety also affects our immunological response. Now, more than ever, we need to devise ways to manage the stress we're feeling during times of crisis. Some tips from our interview with Dr. Cherkowsy include:
Other ways to manage stress and anxiety include:
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