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Tip: Manage Your Disaster Anxiety
Some of you may recall that last November I was on live TV in Los Angeles talking about how to talk to kids regarding their fears arising from the CA wildfires.

If you missed the clip, watch it here.

In regards to the Coronavirus epidemic that is sweeping the world, I thought it a good time to revisit some of these tips, whether you are talking to a child, a co-worker, friends/family or most importantly, yourself.
  1. Breathe. It will calm your brain and your body, allowing you to respond and not react to whatever is arising.
  2. Don't tell someone to just calm down. The last thing anyone is going to do when told to "calm down" is actually calm down
  3. Allow space to feel what you/they are thinking and feeling, without judgement. (Everyone has a judgment about their opinion regarding the seriousness of the outbreak - don't feel like you need to agree with someone else's views for fear that you'll be judged for your opinion.)
  4. Name your thoughts and emotions - neuroscience shows that when we name what we are feeling (i.e. "this is what fear feels like" or "this is what anxiety feels like" or "I'm having worst-case, what-if thoughts") it quiets down the emotional alarm in our brain, slowing our reaction to the thought or the emotion
  5. Reality check. Do what you need to do to feel safe and secure that is within your control.
  6. Wait to worry. Live in the present. Breathe. You may recall me sharing this from previous emails (I think I've shared this before!) but these words were written in a new book I bought off Amazon and became a mantra of mine for years
I wish you all health, peace and clear minds. We are all in this together. Support one another, wash your hands, and please, don't forget to take a minute a just breathe.

Please forward this to anyone who you think may benefit, and if you're needing more support, shoot me an email and I'm happy to set up a phone session with you.

Be well and stay healthy!
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Joree Rose, is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, #93545 and founder of the Bay Area Mindfulness and Therapy Center, in Northern California. She is the creator of the JOURNEY FORWARD WITH JOREE ROSE podcast, offers online courses in mindfulness and meditation, and leads retreats around the world. She also has two mindfulness books for kids published, speaks locally and nationally, as well as does corporate trainings in mindfulness. At the root of all her work, Joree guides her clients to JOURNEY FORWARD,  which means getting unstuck from what’s not working in your life (habits, patterns, outdated stories you are living by, relationships or jobs that are no longer serving you) and gaining the tools, shifting your mindset and integrating science-backed frameworks that will lead to lasting change towards your authentic happiness, peace and joy. A big piece of my work is my story –I have Journeyed Forward, and I am a living example of the tools I teach, so I know that not only do the tools that I teach work, but that change and growth is possible. Happiness is attainable!
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