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You're not nuts. This really is a crazy time. Here are a dozen ways to cope


It's truly a fall gale of epic proportions, as turbulent winds of uncertainty pummel us from one high anxiety to another.


"It's the pandemic, it's the social unrest, it's climate change and the wildfires. It's the election, it's upcoming holidays, said Vaile Wright, American Psychological Association's senior director of health care innovation.


"I can't remember any time in my lifetime, or most people's adult lifetimes, where you've had this many adversities," Wright said. "It's the cumulative effect of one thing on top of another on top of another -- to the point where I think people are either just going numb to it or feel so overwhelmed that they're frozen."


If your coping skills are worn down to the nub, there are actions you can take to boost your well-being and strengthen your endurance during this stressful time.


1. Get some exercise 2. Get a mental and physical reward with yoga

3. Improve your sleep

4. Reach for relaxation

5. Practice deep breathing

6. Meditate for change

7. Practice appreciation

8. Strive for optimism

9. Crack a smile

10. Set up a social phone tree

11. Prioritize self-care and routines

12. Focus on what you can change


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