Mar 31, 2020
Reducing Stress and Anxiety During a Global Pandemic
By Tabitha Hochscheid, Hochscheid & Associates, LLC
Health and Well Being Committee chair
We are living in unprecedented times. COVID-19 is not just a disease of the body; the threat of COVID-19 can affect a person’s mental health, as well. There are plenty of COVID-19-related health and financial worries. Stress is something every person in our country feels. After all, stress is a natural response to an event or stressor. Stress is a normal part of living, and certainly understandable in the face of a pandemic. The big concern is that for some of us, stress can turn into anxiety. Since lawyers are twice as likely to have an anxiety disorder, it is important to know when your stress reaction has morphed into anxiety and how to handle both.
Anxiety looks a lot like stress, but the key difference is with anxiety, you are not able to let the worry go when the stressor goes away. So, if you are at home reading this ,and you or someone in your home is obsessively worried about getting COVID-19, even though you have done everything possible to minimize your chances of contracting it, then you may have anxiety. I think its fair to say many of us have had some level of anxiety about COVID-19.
The good news is that stress and anxiety both respond to various management techniques which include: