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Professionals offer advice for anxiety during pandemic

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ROCKFORD (WREX) - We're all experiencing changes to our daily lives during the coronavirus pandemic, and for some, it's raising anxieties and concerns.

Social distancing is the new norm right now, but Susan Johnson with Family Counseling Services says that doesn't mean social detachment has to be.

"Reach out to people, stay connected. Talk to people about your anxiety. Talk to people about your fears."

Johnson says if your home has young boys and girls - be intentional about time spent together.

"If you're a family, then try to schedule some family activities, do some special things for the kids, with the kids."

It's not just actions that count - words count, too.

"I think the language we use and some of our body language can make a big difference. Kids pick up on that. Being positive and encouraging," says Dr. Eric Trautmann of SwedishAmerican.

Our community has resources available for extra support, like Rosecrance. Here is their statement, provided to 13 WREX:

"Rosecrance is continuing to serve those who count on us for treatment, with appropriate protocols in place. Now, more than ever, families are concerned about their loved ones. That concern is even greater when that loved one is struggling with a substance use or mental health disorder, and experts warn that such conditions will increase during times of great crisis. Our commitment is care for our clients, our people, and our community."

That means support for those people is even more important right now. For those who don't have a support network, Family Counseling Services is stepping up its phone consultations.

"Set up social supports. Contact me everyday at 5:00, let me know how you're doing."

Professionals say the key is if you're healthy, keep your immune system up, and practicing self-care.

"Getting the adequate rest, eating a healthy diet, trying to stay positive," says Dr. Trautmann.

"Don't let yourself get carried away by it. Do some deep breathing, do some activities that you enjoy," says Johnson.

In these anxious times, experts say self care, and caring for your loved ones, is a top priority.

Dan Cohen

Sports Reporter

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