Too Much Worry About the Coronavirus Is Bad for You--Here's How to Stop

March 12, 2020
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Worrying about the coronavirus is natural; there are reasons why obsessive worrying about the coronavirus is almost natural, according to The Los Angeles Times. “Our brains are wired to pay additional attention to uncertainty,” said David Rock, co-founder of the NeuroLeadership Institute. People turn to the media, which can be helpful, but too much of it can be harmful psychologically and physically. For instance, after the September 11 terrorist attacks, those who had increased TV exposure were associated with cardiovascular problems and post-traumatic stress three years later. After the Boston Marathon bombings, those who had the most media exposure had the most acute levels of stress--even higher than people who were actually there. Limiting your consumption of news about the virus is the best way to bring stress levels down. “The more we can feel like we are in control, the calmer we’ll be,” said Rock. “And one thing you can control is your media intake.”  

 

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