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Managing Pandemic Uncertainty

Managing Pandemic Uncertainty

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The pandemic has presented a lot of challenges – new variants, changing guidelines, etc. And if you’ve experience feelings of uncertainty, anxiety, or stress during the pandemic, you are certainly not alone. According to an American Psychological Association survey, roughly 1/3 of adults said sometimes they’re so stressed about the pandemic that they struggle to make basic decisions like what to eat, what to wear, and major life decisions.

Although post-pandemic life may seem far out of reach, there are healthy ways for you to manage any uncertainty, anxiety, and stress.

  • Find a routine. As the pandemic seems unpredictable, developing a routine can help you stay productive, active, and help you feel in control. Consider waking up and going to sleep at the same time each day, eating meals at regular times, or to exercise or move daily.
  • Focus on what you can control. Focusing on what you can’t control, like the course of the pandemic and the actions of others, will only fuel frustration and stress. Focus on the things you have control over, such as wearing a mask and choosing social situations and environments you are comfortable with.
  • Take a timeout. If you’re feeling overwhelmed, take some “me time” to reset and help minimize your anxiety and stress. Do something that brings you joy.
  • Lean on your network. Loneliness can take a big toll on mental health, so try to regularly connect with your friends, family, and community.
  • Make plans but stay flexible. The pandemic has taught us to be flexible and adjust to the circumstances. Having something to look forward to is good for your mood, but your plans may require a day-to-day approach to ensure feasibility and safety.

Much of the pandemic and its related issues are out of your control but dealing with associated challenges in a healthy way can make you more resilient in the long run. If you’re worried about your mental well-being, reach out to a doctor or mental health professional for help.

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This blog is intended to be a compilation of information and resources pulled from federal, state, and local agencies. This is not intended to be legal advice. For up to the minute information and guidance on COVID-19, please follow the guidelines of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and your local health organizations.

National Insurance Services is not a law firm and no opinion, suggestion, or recommendation of the firm or its employees shall constitute legal advice. Readers are advised to consult with their own attorney for a determination of their legal rights, responsibilities and liabilities, including the interpretation of any statute or regulation, or its application to the readers’ business activities.

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Haley Treba

Haley Treba

Haley Treba’s philosophy is to work hard but always make time to simply enjoy life. She enjoys interacting with customers and finding solutions to their issues. Haley has a background in mathematics and previously worked in the NIS billing department. As an Account Representative, she specializes in life and disability insurance benefits for public sector organizations in the Midwest Region.