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Anxiety, 911 and COVID-19


These are anxious days. Similar to those immediately following 9-11, healthcare professionals throughout the nation report a marked escalation of patients complaining of restlessness, sleep disturbance, and difficulty concentrating. That COVID-19 at the moment is rare in most United States cities gives in little reassurance. Rather, people’s profound anxiety is mainly resulting from school closures, work cancellations, travel disruptions, supply shortages, financial constraints, and constant news releases. Anxiety is also contagious. One anxious person exacerbating the nervousness of another. Where can solace be found? Consider these timely suggestions:


  • First off, acknowledge the anxiety. Share the sentiments with a confidant. The act of recognition can be powerfully therapeutic.
  • Take advantage of disruptions to enjoy more time with loved ones. This investment can also help to allay their fears.
  • Record the blessings and advantages enjoyed right now. Post the list where it can be regularly viewed.
  • Lean into this special admonition and promise: Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus (Philippians 4:6-7). The sense of peace resulting from prayer is so powerful that many who identify themselves as non-spiritual nevertheless engage in prayer.


Anxiety is an intensely self-focused experience. Instead, let us fill these day with opportunities to serve our vulnerable neighbors who must of necessity isolate themselves. Investing in their welfare and practical needs may prove to be the most powerful anxiety relieving therapy of all.

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