Anxiety is your brain trying to protect you. Your brain loves keeping you alive. It's one of your brain's favorite things to do.
Productive worry helps keep us safe, and helps us manage difficult situations in our lives. Unproductive worry continues on and on, growing and consuming our thoughts even when there is not a real threat present.
One of the most important impacts to note right now, during a worldwide pandemic, is that poor emotional health weakens your body's immune system.
Walking in nature specifically helps your brain to stop thinking the same negative thoughts over and over again.
Social media may be especially helpful for teens while we are being required to social distance; but it may also negatively impact your physical and mental health.
No matter how introverted or extroverted you are, socializing and building relationships is really important to your mental, emotional, and physical health.
It is a good idea to ask for help if you want to socialize more, but feel too anxious or panicked by the idea.
As important as it is to connect with peers your age, it is also important to strengthen bonds within your family.
The truth is we have some ideas of things that can help people stay safe from this coronavirus, but there are no guarantees. That is why it is important to understand your family's risk tolerance.
Both/And thinking can stop a lot of unnecessary arguments.