Psychology Today: A Surprising Approach for Coping With COVID-19 Stress
Bron: Psychology Today
Animals do not worry.
In that simple, perhaps controversial, statement lies the secret to coping with COVID.
The “animals do not worry” line comes from a revolutionary paper recently published in the Journal of Anxiety Disorders which suggests mental health experts have been “barking up the wrong tree” when it comes to advising the public on how to cope with COVID.
Animals do experience stress, and this occurs, just as in humans, when they find themselves in danger. The fear or anxiety response, genetically built into our bodies, is evolutionarily ancient.
Even though it renders us upset, it’s designed to ensure we remain vigilant for danger, and so stay safe, and therefore alive. Panic meant we got away, fast, when a lion started bounding towards us, as ancient cavemen.
Yet all these predicaments still trigger the ancient “fight or flight” escape response to physical peril. Escape from a bullying boss, or a virus, is no longer as simple as bolting, (though we wish it were).