We’re All Anxious Right Now: Here’s How to Cope
From Megan Gibson
With the news around the COVID-19 pandemic developing quickly, people are making decisions — often quickly — on everything from whether to cancel meetings to how to best project their family and colleagues. In a time of crisis and uncertainty, there are several psychological factors that impact our ability to make decisions. Our brains are responding to a sense of threat, a deep feeling of uncertainty, and a lack of control and information, all of which leads us to make short-sighted decisions that may fill immediate psychological needs but aren’t necessary in the long term. To make better choices, we need to slow down and access the deliberative reasoning part of our brain. Any decision to act should be based on deliberation, sober reflection on data, and discussion with experts — not in reaction to a headline or a tweet.
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