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Managing Stress During the COVID-19 Pandemic and Beyond : Reappraisal and Mindset Approaches (2020)

Hagger, Martin S; Keech, Jacob J.; Hamilton, Kyra (2020). Managing Stress During the COVID-19 Pandemic and Beyond : Reappraisal and Mindset Approaches. Stress and Health, 36 (3), 396-401. DOI: 10.1002/smi.2969

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All authors or editors: Hagger, Martin S; Keech, Jacob J.; Hamilton, Kyra

Journal or series: Stress and Health

ISSN: 1532-3005

eISSN: 1532-2998

Publication year: 2020

Volume: 36

Issue number: 3

Pages range: 396-401

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

Publication country: United Kingdom

Publication language: English

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1002/smi.2969

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Publication is parallel published (JYX): https://jyx.jyu.fi/handle/123456789/71049


Abstract The novel coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic is a truly global public health crisis with substantive human, social, and economic costs. The pandemic and the associated preventive ‘lockdown’ measures have also given rise to a parallel mental health crisis, with elevated levels of chronic stress observed in the general population. Stress levels are also likely to be higher among at-risk groups such as those who have become employed or are on furlough, those in essential services with higher risk of exposure, and those from underserved communities. Development of efficacious means to assist individuals in effectively managing their during the pandemic and beyond is an imperative. We outline how stress reappraisal interventions offer a potentially efficacious, cost effective strategy to manage pandemic-related stress and minimize deleterious health consequences. Specifically, we advocate two stress management strategies: stress reappraisal, which involves prompting individuals to appraise stress as challenging and to be approached rather than threatening and to be avoided, and stress mindsets, which involves highlighting the enhancing nature of stress. We outline how these strategies may be implemented during the pandemic as part of interventions aimed at promoting stress management and better mental health during the pandemic and as communities emerge from lockdown. This article is protected by copyright. All rights reserved.

Keywords: crises; pandemics; COVID-19; health effects; stress (biological phenomena); stress management; mental health

Free keywords: coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19); pandemic; global public health crisis; mental health crisis; chronic stress

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