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Experts give advice on how to cope during Stay-at-Home orders

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MILWAUKEE (CBS 58) -- It’s a feeling that many people have right now.

“Instead of them isolating themselves somebody is forcing isolation on them," said Licensed Professional Counselor Aaron Schricker.

He added that it is causing a lot of that frustration, but accepting the unknown is one way to get beyond it.

“If you’re thinking about it, trying to figure it out, trying to guess what’s going to happen in the future you’re probably not going to come up with the exact answer and you’re just going to feed that anxiety," he said.

Instead clinicians advise keeping yourself active.

When inside, you can read, call family and friends, exercise or get creative with another activity.

The biggest key is busying your mind.

“We’re wired for survival so our brain is going to go to the worst case scenario," said Licensed Clinical Social Worker Cindy Milner.

Milner uses a technique called Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) to relax her clients.

During EMDR, the person thinks of what’s causing their stress, while also focusing on something unrelated.

“Sometimes we can know something, but feel very differently about it.  19:18 “It allows the rational brain to communicate with the emotional brain," she said.

Despite the current uncertainties, both experts suggest limiting your news intake and trying to focus on any positives in your day. 

 

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