LISTEN: Mental Health Association of Oklahoma releases podcast to ease coronavirus anxiety

The Mental Health Association of Oklahoma is hoping to help ease anxiety for people worried about the coronavirus.

Five people in Oklahoma, including two in Tulsa and two Utah Jazz players in Oklahoma City tested positive for the virus. Other tests are still pending.

A new podcast from the MAHO is designed to help people feeling anxious about the virus.

Mike Brose, CEO of the Mental Health Association of Oklahoma shared some advice on how to deal with the stress that can come with all of the coverage:

  • Today, after all of the announcements yesterday and with them still coming in, we are living in a new reality in regards to the virus and it’s spread and effect on us.
  • Everyone is dealing with anxiety right now, even those people who are trained mental health professionals.
  • No one is alone.
  • One of the best ways we can reduce anxiety is getting good, factual information, but not overloading ourselves, limit exposure, which means don’t constantly
  • With all the rapid changes to everyday life, it’s best to try and not think of this as a “forever” thing, think just two weeks out at this point. Once we get there we can reevaluate.
  • A lot of companies are having employees work remotely. If you do that take this as a time to do hobbies or things you enjoy that you normally don’t have time for. For example, yard work, reading, cooking, watching tv or movies to help you “escape”.
  • If you are more isolated from people right now, call or facetime people you need to talk to instead of texting like you normally would.
  • Remember there are some things we can control, focus on those, because there are other things we can’t control.
  • Remember we are all in this together and anxiety is normal.
  • We will get through this.

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