Alphabet's CEO says the coronavirus has 'absolutely' caused a mental-health crisis. Here are 5 calming podcasts you should follow if you're feeling anxious over the pandemic.
- The global outbreak of the novel coronavirus, which causes a disease known as COVID-19, is causing panic and anxiety worldwide.
- Top executives, like Alphabet CEO Sundar Pichai, for example, are recognizing the toll the pandemic is taking on employees.
- In an interview with Business Insider, licensed clinical psychologist Ramani Durvasula said that in addition to seeking professional help, listening to mental-health podcasts can be a great way to address stress over the pandemic.
- Here are five highly rated mental-health podcasts that address anxiety around the novel coronavirus, including "The Calmer You Podcast" and "Your Anxiety Toolkit."
- If you're struggling, call the SAMHSA National Helpline, 1-800-662-HELP (4357), or reach out to the Crisis Text Line by texting HOME to 741741.
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The novel coronavirus pandemic is taking its toll on pretty much everyone - and top company executives are taking notice.
Sundar Pichai, the CEO of Google and YouTube's parent company Alphabet, told Time in a recent interview that we're "absolutely" in a mental-healt crisis. He's also worried about the toll the pandemic will take on his employees. Pichai, who was CEO of Google since 2015, said he gets messages from employees who are "dealing with isolation and loneliness."
"Mental health is definitely going to be an issue coming out of this," he said. "And it's something we all have to address more."
Pichai echoes a larger concern from psychologists and mental health experts, who are troubled by the anxiety and fear the virus has caused for countless Americans. This fear can take a psychological toll, licensed clinical psychologist and author Ramani Durvasula told Business Insider.
"Uncertainty is very stressful and is a core element of anxiety," the psychologist said.
In addition to the uncertainty, there's also a sense of instability. Many people have given up their daily habits that ground them, like going to the gym, the hairdresser, a book club, their religious institution, she said.
"Then people have lost bigger stuff - graduations, weddings, family events, vacations - all of this makes it exhausting," she said. And that's not even including the people who have lost a loved one to the virus.
In addition to seeking professional help, listening to a mental health podcast can be a helpful way to start to ease some anxiety, the psychologist said.
Here are five mental health podcasts by psychologists or coaches with 5-star reviews on Apple Podcasts that are addressing coronavirus anxiety and stress.
If you're struggling with anxiety, depression, grief, or suicidal thoughts, call the SAMHSA National Helpline at 1-800-662-HELP(4357) anytime for free, confidential help or reach out to the Crisis Text Line by texting HOME to 741741.
"The Calmer You Podcast"
"A Mindful Moment"
"The Anxiety Coaches Podcast"
"Therapy for Black Girls"
"Your Anxiety Toolkit"
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