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Lately, there have been a lot of unknowns. With these unknowns, undoubtedly comes fear, anxiety, confusion, and sadness. It is natural and expected to be concerned right now. But how do we know when we have crossed the line to unhealthy anxiety and worry?
Worry can feel out of control. These thoughts do not come and go; they seem to stay and run in circles through your mind. It is not as simple as a light switch where we can turn off our anxiety; it sometimes can feel like it has a mind of its own. Worrying brings with it stress and a lot of unwanted tension into your mind and body. Worrying seems to come a lot easier during a time when it feels like you cannot escape the negative information being thrown at you.
Concern can be a healthy way of looking at a stressful or negative situation. You can be concerned, but not let the distressful feelings consume your daily life. When you are concerned, you are not ignoring the situation, but you are also not letting the feelings and anxiousness surrounding it take over your mind. Being concerned does not mean ignoring the situation. Continue doing your part: wash your hands, practice social distancing, staying informed on the coronavirus. With concern, there is balance and boundaries.
How do you shift your thinking from worry to concern?
It is important to remember that you are not in this alone. Everyone is facing the same uncertainty. Concern can be healthy, and although this is a scary time, always remember that this uncertainty will pass.