Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic and the social distancing that we have experienced, Americans have been reporting increasing strain on their mental health. Depression, like anxiety and fear, has many symptoms. It is very common for people to report feeling sad, empty, or hopeless; having difficulty with day-to-day tasks; increased fatigue; and sleep difficulties. People with generalized anxiety tend to worry excessively and find it difficult to control that worry or stop it, even with logic. This can lead to feelings of being “on edge,” and it may cause symptoms like sleep disturbances and the feeling of a fast heartbeat.
Here are a few tips to help you maintain your mental health in the coming months:
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