Coping with Coronavirus-related Anxiety

Hester Hill Schnipper, LICSW, OSW-C Program Manager Emeritus, Oncology, Social Work

MARCH 26, 2020

Cancer patient getting online COVID-19 anxiety supportThere is a lot of good advice about protecting ourselves physically during the COVID-19 era, but there is less said about managing the anxiety we are all feeling. Remember FDR's famous quote: The only thing we have to fear is fear itself. That was not entirely true then, and it is not entirely true now, but it is a good place to start. Finding ways to appreciate what we have and contain our worries is important.

This is a wonderful list organized by a professional colleague, Thomas Pier, in New York. He has shared it with my professional Listserv and encouraged us to share it widely.

Regarding the first suggestion, Find a therapistoncology social workers at BIDMC and other institutions are still working and are available for consultation. Many therapists in the community, including me, are transitioning our work to virtual contacts. Talking virtually is definitely not as satisfying as being together in person, but it is a lot better than nothing. Take advantage of this option.

Resources for Coping with Coronavirus-related Anxiety

Activities for Home

Do you have other anti-anxiety or home activity tips? Join the BIDMC Cancer Community and share your ideas.

Above content provided by Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. For advice about your medical care, consult your doctor.
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