Expert Tips for Helping Your Family Cope with COVID-19 Anxiety

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Uncertainty surrounding the COVID-19 outbreak can test anyone’s mental health, but experts say there are some ways to help your family through these stressful times.

Laine Young-Walker, MD, is a psychiatrist at University of Missouri Health Care. She says uncertainty can lead to anxiety for some people.

In order to deal with that anxiety, Dr. Young-Walker recommends focusing on what you can control. That means staying up-to-date on health recommendations, such as hand washing and social distancing, and starting to establish new routines.

“Try to plan your new normal. If you had a certain habit of doing things that now you can't do, what can you replace that with? That way you can start to have new routines, new habits,” said Young-Walker.

Dr. Young-Walker also says it’s important for parents to talk to their children about what is going on.

“It's important for the adults to be able to ensure safety and security for children. They’re going to be watching, they're going to be looking at their environment and taking cues on how much they need to be worried or upset or anxious," said Young-Walker.

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