Study offers a mental well-being ‘tool kit’ anyone can use


ISLAMABAD, December 21 (online): Researchers at the University of Wisconsin–Madison provide a tool kit for people struggling with pandemic stress.
It is clear the coronavirus pandemic is taking a significant emotional toll even on those without a SARS-CoV-2 infection.
The Kaiser Family Foundation Health Tracking Poll from July 2020 found that 53% of respondents reported pandemic-related stress negatively affecting their health.
The majority of those polled felt the worst was yet to come. Five months from that last sampling, the future remains uncertain even as the first coronavirus vaccines start to emerge.
Awareness, for example, involves a self-conscious awareness of beingaware. Also called mindfulness, it has been found to reduce stress, promote positive feelings, and reduce the distractibility that can allow unwanted information to get in the way of being able to think clearly, a source of harmful stress.