COVID-19 is Changing the Way We Live and Work. How Do We Cope?

COVID-19 is Changing the Way We Live and Work. How Do We Cope?

University of Arizona psychologist David Sbarra shares tips for how to take care of your mental health and support children and loved ones in an uncertain time.

As the United States becomes increasingly shuttered in the face of a global pandemic, life goes on – but it looks very different than before.

Like many other colleges across the country and worldwide, the University of Arizona announced that it will move classes online for the remainder of the semester to help mitigate the spread of COVID-19. Employees are being encouraged to work from home.

In response to the ongoing health crisis, David Sbarra, a professor in the University of Arizona Department of Psychology, decided to change not only how he's teaching, but what.

Sbarra is entirely reinventing his health psychology course so that when the university resumes classes – fully online – on Wednesday, his 286 undergraduates will focus almost entirely on topics related to COVID-19, including, among other things, the psychology of panic and social isolation; stress management; the epidemiology of disease progress; the role of public health guidance on decision-making; and the role of culture in accepting social distancing policies.

Sbarra is a clinical psychologist and directs the Laboratory for Social Connectedness and Health in the Department of Psychology. He studies how human health – both psychological and physical – is tied to our close relationships.

He shared some of his advice for coping with the anxiety and social impacts of the pandemic, as well as tips for communicating effectively with children and loved ones in times of uncertainty. 

Read the full article from UA News here

Published Date: 
03/18/2020 - 11:34