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England spinner Bess says running helps with virus anxiety issues

England spinner Bess says running helps with virus anxiety issues

London (AFP) – England off-spinner Dom Bess believes maintaining physical fitness has helped him cope with anxiety issues caused by the coronavirus lockdown.

“Getting out running and fit always gets me in a positive mindset and having a bit of structure,” said Bess, in a Zoom conversation with former Somerset team-mate Marcus Trescothick, whose own mental health issues cut short his England career.

“I know how it affects me,” added Bess, who first spoke about his mental health problems in an interview last month.

“I always call them triggers. Even little things like the weather.

“There’s times where it’s been really bad and I really struggle to get out of bed and the motivation is not there any more.

“I struggle with that quite a lot and getting going is always the hardest part for me, certainly in this lockdown.

“There’s been little triggers but I’m fortunate enough to have

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The 6 Best Acupressure Points for Anxiety

The 6 Best Acupressure Points for Anxiety

Though you may already be well-versed on the many benefits of acupuncture, it sadly doesn’t serve us much now as we continue to quarantine. (Unless, of course, you happen to live with an acupuncturist. In which case, we’re jealous.)

Luckily, you can still reap some similar benefits at home via acupressure, which applies many of the same theories as acupuncture. As Dr. Shari Auth, cofounder of WTHN acupuncture studio in New York explains: “Acupressure is a great DIY technique that’s been used for thousands of years in traditional Chinese medicine to promote stress relief and wellness from the comfort of your own home. Just like acupuncture, acupressure stimulates points across the body that correspond to various ailments or conditions like anxiety.”

I’m listening, doc. So, how exactly does acupressure work?

“There are hundreds of pressure points, or acupoints, on the body. Acupoints are located where blood, nerve, lymph and connective

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England’s Dom Bess says keeping on top of his fitness has helped him cope with his anxiety

England’s Dom Bess says keeping on top of his fitness has helped him cope with his anxiety

England spinner Dom Bess revealed keeping on top of his fitness has proven a suitable distraction from the anxiety he felt when learning the country was going into lockdown due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Bess last month opened up about his mental health struggles in an interview with The Sun and he discussed the topic further, including what can influence his “triggers”, in a chat with former Somerset team-mate Marcus Trescothick.

The pair’s conversation during Mental Health Awareness week took place on Zoom, a necessity due to the Government measures imposed by the ongoing public health crisis.

He said: “I’ve actually been alright during the lockdown. I was very anxious about the situation, not knowing how long it could be, but getting that structure in has really helped me.

“Getting out running and fit always gets me in a positive mindset and having a bit of structure.

The Somerset off-spinner

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How To Help Someone With Anxiety, According to Mental Health Experts

How To Help Someone With Anxiety, According to Mental Health Experts

Forty million. That’s roughly how many people in the U.S. have an anxiety disorder; about 18% of the population. So chances are, you know someone (or are someone) who experiences anxiety.

If you live with someone or are close with someone who has an anxiety disorder, you may not be sure how you can support them, especially if they’re experiencing a flare-up in symptoms.

That’s why we put together this expert-backed guide. People are unique, so what one person with anxiety finds helpful may not work with another. But these tips offer a good starting place for anyone looking to help a friend cope.

Acknowledge and accept their anxiety

“People are often dismissive of people experiencing anxiety,” said Joseph McGuire, PhD, a pediatric psychologist, in an interview for the Johns Hopkins Medicine website. “With other medical illnesses, you may be able to see physical symptoms. But with anxiety, you don’t

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A therapist offers 6 tips for managing anxiety, self-isolation

A therapist offers 6 tips for managing anxiety, self-isolation

The coronavirus pandemic is affecting our everyday lives, and with things changing so quickly the stress of it all may feel overwhelming. Fear and anxiety about our health, finances, kids being home from school, caring for our elderly loved ones and social distancing can cause strong emotions in adults and children. 

Laura Rhodes-Levin, a licensed therapist who specializes in the evaluation and treatment of anxiety, depression and trauma, offers six practices we can do at home to manage our anxiety during the coronavirus outbreak.

1. Have fun with the family by playing games, gardening and cooking

Rhodes-Levin suggests making the most of spending time with family by playing board games, doing crafts, cooking or gardening. “Distract yourself with cooking. Don’t go for perfection,” she says. “This is a time to get creative and find joy in the moment … build a good ol’ fashioned fort.”

2. Exercise and stay active

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How To Cope With Your Coronavirus Anxiety

How To Cope With Your Coronavirus Anxiety

A commuter wears a protective mask while riding a subway in New York, U.S., on Tuesday, March 17, 2020. In New York City, the virtual shutdown from the coronavirus pandemic is threatening to create massive holes in the budget as billions of dollars in tax revenue disappears. Photographer: Demetrius Freeman/Bloomberg via Getty Images
A commuter wears a protective mask while riding a subway in New York, U.S., on Tuesday, March 17, 2020. In New York City, the virtual shutdown from the coronavirus pandemic is threatening to create massive holes in the budget as billions of dollars in tax revenue disappears. Photographer: Demetrius Freeman/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Across America and the globe, folks are being asked to stay inside and away from crowds to prevent further spread of the novel coronavirus. This means no bars, theater shows, Disneyland trips, or family dinners at your favorite restaurant. It also means a lot of anxiety. 

The more the COVID-19 pandemic impacts our daily lives, the more panic we feel about the various ramifications of it. We’re worried about our own health and that of our loved ones. We’re concerned about paying the rent, the future of our financial portfolios, and where our next paycheck is coming

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7 Ways to Manage Coronavirus Anxiety

7 Ways to Manage Coronavirus Anxiety

It’s impossible to move about your day without mention of the novel coronavirus, which has spread to all 50 states throughout the United States, per the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s latest count. With over 240,000 confirmed cases and more developing every day, someone in your own community may be affected — and even those far away from affected individuals could be feeling the telltale signs of anxiety as offices, schools, and public events have all closed for the foreseeable future. If you already have developed a hard knot of dread in the pit of your stomach — maybe it pops up when you’re scrolling social media, or walking past an empty grocery aisle — it’s important to note: leading mental health experts say this is actually a healthy reaction.

“I would say it’s very important to understand that if you’re anxious, it’s okay — you’re normal,” says Gail

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How to Manage Anxiety and Loneliness During the Coronavirus Pandemic

How to Manage Anxiety and Loneliness During the Coronavirus Pandemic

Between the constant news updates on the new coronavirus (COVID-19) and the loneliness that comes from social distancing or quarantining to slow its spread, current events can take a toll on mental health.

According to Google, searches for “loneliness” have now reached the highest level since it started tracking searches in 2004. While epidemiologists emphasize that social distancing — canceling events, closing schools, limiting person-to-person contact — is essential to reducing the spread of coronavirus and ease the pressure on healthcare services, it exacerbates the feeling of loneliness.

At the same time, coronavirus is inescapable, dominating conversations and news. Traditional methods of distraction and escape — such as sports and entertainment — are no longer an option, with every major sports league postponing their seasons, and restaurants, bars and theaters shutting down. And when beloved actors like Tom Hanks and Idris Elba get infected, it’s a reminder that no one

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Therapist shares ways to reduce anxiety using your 5 senses

Therapist shares ways to reduce anxiety using your 5 senses

Amid the current coronavirus pandemic, where fear and uncertainty are causing anxiety levels to surge, it is now more important than ever to be proactive when it comes to mental health.

Jelani McMath, a primary therapist in the women’s trauma unit at Penn Medicine’s Princeton House Behavioral Health, recommends using the five senses as an easy and understandable jumping-off point when it comes to reducing stress.

“I know a lot is going on in today’s society,” she told In The Know. “I really just wanted to slow down and take a second to give five at-home tips that you can use to reduce anxiety using your five senses.”

“These skills really help us relax, not only mentally but physically as well,” she added.

Smell

To invoke calmness using your sense of smell, McMath recommends something as simple as lighting a candle in your home.

For those with a candle aversion,

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Anxiety grows for Egypt jail inmates at time of virus shutdowns

Anxiety grows for Egypt jail inmates at time of virus shutdowns

Cairo (AFP) – In Egypt’s overcrowded and putrid jails, families of prisoners fear a potentially catastrophic coronavirus outbreak and are calling for their imminent release as the rest of the country hunkers down.

Egypt has halted family visits to inmates at least until the end of this month citing the “public health and safety of inmates”.

This has meant relatives cannot bring medicine, clean clothes and fresh food directly to those incarcerated.

For Ekram Yousef, a well-known writer and mother of lawyer and former lawmaker Zyad al-Elaimy whose health is slowly failing, the anguish is palpable.

“My son has diabetes, high blood pressure, ulcers and most of all a niggling respiratory disease,” she told AFP, anxious that he is at a high risk of contracting the coronavirus.

“There are no phone calls so I have to guess which medicines he is running out of.”

The 40-year-old, a key figure in

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