Concerns about the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) appear to be rising in tandem with the numbers of reported cases and fatalities.
Many of us are consciously or unconsciously asking ourselves: what are we going to do?
Until we can answer that question – at least to some extent – I believe our response will be wanting.
From the decades of research conducted on stress, one consistent finding is we need – and therefore seek – some semblance of control. When something such as COVID-19 comes along that is both threatening and uncertain, many of us experience great distress. Part of this is because our sense of control is lacking.
As I wrote previously in my blog entry called “What To Do When Stressed:”