Managing Stress and Anxiety During COVID-19

My name is Dr. David Chesire. I’m a
psychologist here at UF Health. I spent 12 years working in the surgery
trauma programs as a trauma psychologists, and 2 years ago I became the Director
of the Center for Healthy Minds and Practice. Which is a program designed to
cater to the wellness needs and mental needs of any employee on campus. One, accepting this is something that
none of us have gone through before. We’ve all had our share of adversity in
life, but this is something new and it’s causing us to reconsider a lot of things
in our life. And the very first thing that we need to do is step back, take a
deep breath, and unplug from the 24-hour news cycle. Basically we’re getting so
much information so fast and we’re on our television sets, and our computer
screens, and our laptops, and our tablets, on our phones; and it’s okay to just turn
that off for a little while and decide I’m just going to focus on something
else for the next couple of hours. Rather than have to be up to the very second
of what the newest and greatest information is. And also accepting that
even though we have really strong leaders in our work environment, in our
state, in our local precincts, in our country; they don’t have all of the answers.
There’s a lot of ambiguity out there and a lot of vagueness. And accepting that
sometimes the information we get won’t be as concrete is what we want or feel
that we need, or that we may not get exact timelines for when something is
going to happen or when this is going to be behind us. Develop a certain comfort level for things are very fluid. Things are merging, we may not have all the answers right now.

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