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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? Brewer has recommended that, in order to

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