Managing stress during the coronavirus disease 2019 pandemic and beyond: Reappraisal and mindset approaches

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Hagger, Martin S
Keech, Jacob J
Hamilton, Kyra
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2020
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The novel coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID‐19) pandemic is a global public health crisis of a scale not previously experienced in modern times (Kickbusch et al., 2020). Governmental ‘lockdown’ measures aimed at minimizing virus transmission including ‘stay at home’ orders, closure of businesses and places of congregation, and travel restrictions have had a substantive societal impact that permeates almost every facet of daily life (Gostin & Wiley, 2020; Shanafelt, Ripp, & Trockel, 2020). These widespread changes represent considerable sources of stress in the population and will have deleterious effects on mental and physical health going forward. As nations begin to emerge from ‘lockdown’, the collateral damage to human health caused by these restrictions has taken centre stage, and mental health issues, particularly stress‐related conditions and outcomes, are prominent among them. The imperative for strategies to assist in managing stress and minimizing concomitant health problems has become a priority. In this commentary, we outline how stress reappraisal interventions, which have come to the fore in recent years, may be a potentially efficacious, cost‐effective way to manage stress during and post‐pandemic, and minimize the health consequences.

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Stress and Health

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36

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3

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© 2020 The Authors. Stress and Health Published by John Wiley & Sons Ltd. This is an open access article under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits use, distribution and reproduction in any medium,provided the original work is properly cited.

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Clinical and health psychology

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Psychology

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Psychology, Applied

Psychiatry

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Hagger, MS; Keech, JJ; Hamilton, K, Managing stress during the coronavirus disease 2019 pandemic and beyond: Reappraisal and mindset approaches, Stress and Health, 2020, 36 (3), pp. 396-401

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