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A couple of weeks ago I received a call from a reporter who wanted to get my perspective on the anxiety people are feeling about the Ebola virus.

The timing is interesting because I am in the process of planning my own trip to Africa so I can relate to the apprehension many people are experiencing in relation to two Ebola patients being brought to the US.
The great news is that both have been released from the hospital! However, the question of how concerned you should or shouldn’t be remains.
There is a difference between feelings of apprehension around the Ebola virus versus overactive worry or anxiety.
The reporter’s primary question was whether the media hype around the people being brought to Emory was blowing the fear out of proportion. He wondered whether the doctors who were featured in the media were providing enough solid information about safety, how well the virus would be contained, and if it was enough to allay fears.
Fear is a normal and necessary human emotion. In fact, fear was originally “designed” to keep us safe from actual danger. Today’s blog is designed to help you understand how to cope with anxiety that is really out of proportion to reality.
And, when I return from Africa, I will be sure to share my experience as well as some of my own photos from safari. I’m trying for a recreation of the one I shared above. Wish me luck!!!


The World is a Scary Place

How would you feel about flying to Africa with the uncontained Ebola virus spreading throughout the continent?

Or, how would you feel about flying internationally on the heels of the one plane completely disappearing mid-flight and another one being shot down?

I can tell you that these are both questions I have pondered extensively over the past few weeks because I am about to fly to Johannesburg before heading out on a 9-day safari in Botswana and then a few days in Victoria Falls. I have been thinking about the risks of...

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