\Muhammad Ali Bukhari from Toronto writes for DOT :
According to Martin Antony, psychology professor in the Faculty of Arts in Toronto’s Ryerson University, fear and anxiety are two separate feelings. He distinguishes as fear being an emotional response to an immediate threat and, “anxiety is more the anguish and worry associated with a future-oriented threat, and probably what people are experiencing more is anxiety.” “Most of us use a mix of these different strategies and they can all be helpful in certain circumstances,” Antony said. In three ways commonly anxiety can manifest, such as, physical, cognitive and behavior. He suggests a combination of actions that can help maintain a healthy lifestyle. “Social support is a big one; physical exercise is also useful for managing stress and anxiety. In general, we encourage people to engage in healthy lifestyle habits, such as healthy eating and getting a good night’s sleep,” he said. “So, not staying up super late and trying to get up at the same time every day. Establish a routine.” Above all else, Antony says people should give themselves permission to experience whatever they are feeling at this COVID-19 pandemic.