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5 Ways To Deal with Long-Term Anxiety (and a Prolonged Pandemic)

iStock/martin-dmAccording to psychiatrist Judson Brewer, MD, the director of research at Brown University’s Mindfulness Center and a faculty member at Omega Institute, the number one mental health issue that people are facing now is anxiety. “Our brains hate uncertainty, and we’ve never been in a more uncertain time,” he explains. “Our prefrontal cortices are set up to help us review previous experiences, extrapolate information from them, and plan for the future.

But we don’t have a previous experience like COVID-19, and we also don’t have enough accurate information, so that’s making our anxiety even worse.” So what are the top things people should be aware of—and doing—as the pandemic continues?

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