UW Health Psychologist Offers Tips For Dealing With Anxiety During The Pandemic


LA CROSSE, Wisconsin (WXOW) – A new study shows that the Delta variant is again increasing the stress levels of Americans.

A recent survey found that anxiety over COVID-19 is at its highest level since last winter. The poll, conducted by the Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research, found that 41% of people said they were extremely worried about being infected with the virus. This was up from 21% in June, and about the same as in January, during the country’s last major wave.

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A psychologist from UW Health in Madison said with schools returning and young children still not eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine, many people are concerned for their safety and that of their families.

“I think in particular that there has been a sense of collective grief that we are not at the end of this pandemic and that it is going to last and persist much longer than expected,” said the UW health psychologist. , Dr Shilagh Mirgain. “So it’s really important to recognize and identify those feelings that you have and to be able to use certain emotional skills to be able to deal with them effectively.”

Dr Mirgain said there are a number of ways to deal with the growing anxiety during the pandemic.

  • Identify and validate your feelings
  • Avoid worrying about what might happen in the future
  • Only fucks on what you can control
  • Seek professional help if needed

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