Advice for battling pandemic-related anxiety and insomnia

Posted at 7:58 PM, Jun 03, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-03 22:58:39-04

TUCSON, Ariz. — A team of University of Arizona researches found high rates of depression, anxiety and insomnia as Americans suffered through lock-downs and started working from home.

As part of our rebound initiative, we contacted the head researcher to find tools many of us can use to feel better.

Professor of Psychiatry Scott Killgore says fixing your sleep is a good first step to improved mental health.

He say it’s really important to keep a regular schedule by waking up the same time each morning and staying off the internet before bed.

Blue light from the sun in the morning can boost your mood and reset your internal clock.

"Obviously social distancing is important right now, but if you can get outside and spend at least 10 minutes everyday out in the sun," said Killgore.

Killgore says seeing other people at a park can make you feel part of a community even if your staying physically distant.

He also says don’t hesitate to call a doctor if you need help.