The Pandemic Is Making Me AnxiousCOVID-19The Pandemic Is Making Me Anxious<div class="ExternalClass8E363B47E9D14DBDA0D28A7C4584CC2F"><p>​<span style="font-size:12pt;font-family:"times new roman", serif;">Hi. this pandemic has been making me anxious more than I would normally be. My family has already argued a lot to me for no reason. I don’t know what to do. </span><br></p></div><div class="ExternalClass55C905D0DEC84B6AAC3658D3497795CB"><p>​We are glad you are reaching out and sharing your feelings. This pandemic is affecting everyone and many in similar ways to what you have shared. Anxiety is high about what our world will be like when this is over. People are feeling impatient. Many are wondering if we will ever return to the way things were. <br></p><p>Remember you can't control the actions of others but you can control your own actions.<br></p><p>To help with your anxiety we suggest that you focus on only the things you can control. Take one day at a time. In the morning before you get out of bed, think of 2 things you are thankful for. Then begin your daily routine and stick to it. Perhaps it includes showering, getting dressed, straighten your room, have breakfast then check you school assignments for the day and do them. Avoid listening to the media coverage on the TV, radio or computer. You don't need to fill your thoughts with that. Every afternoon get outside. If it is rainy or chilly, dress appropriately and get out into the fresh air. Do a random act of kindness for someone, expecting nothing in return. In fact, they probably won't know it was you that did it. Create some beauty or invite it into your day. Perhaps watch a bird build a nest to lay their eggs in or look at the flowers that are beginning to or already are blooming. There is much beauty in our world. Be aware of it purposefully.<br></p><p>Offer to help with chores around the house or yard. Pitch in and help without being asked. All of these things are in your control. So, control them. Decide you are going to have a good day and then make that happen! You can do it. Start now.<br></p><p>Pat, Crisis Counselor<br></p></div>14

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