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With so much media coverage of the coronavirus and medical professionals and governments sometimes giving conflicting advice, what advice would you give to people suffering anxiety and depression? What are you doing in your daily life to get through this crisis?

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Avoid close contacts (if possible).

Wear a mask and most importantly get inoculated!

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Drinking more

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Stop relying on other people to think for you. Stop blindly following rules. Use common sense. Realize that Life in itself is risky and no one is going get out of it alive. Finally, remember that it’s YOUR life and not the governments’.

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Stop reading the news. Spend time with your family. Evaluate & prioritize that which is most important in your life.

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First off, admit you are on your own. Get the inoculations if you can. If you can't be patient but persistent. Meanwhile, make your home your fortress. Stock up on food, liquids and masks. It would be good to have a significant other. Second best it to have a wise best friend. Absolutely, do not eat or drink outside your home.

Follow the news but with a degree of skepticism. Same goes for politicians and the Olympic barons.

If isolation is a problem get on the Internet. Facebook is a fairly safe outlet.

Trust that this madness will pass.

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Get vaccinated. Wear a mask. Get control over your life. Avoid unnecessary crowds but still, go out to restaurants. Reduce or stop visitors to your home. Wash your hands when returning home. Don't panic. Meet your friends and family.

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With so much media coverage of the coronavirus and medical professionals and governments sometimes giving conflicting advice, what advice would you give to people suffering anxiety and depression? What are you doing in your daily life to get through this crisis?

My 2 cents:

To understand where we / you are: use your brain. It's there to solve problems. It's not using it that creates problems to you and other.

Media coverage: general media are to give the rough data infodump. There is a pandemic, there are the Olympics, they are to cover both: it's their job.

Now, media have their allegiances: Asahi / Mainichi support the opposition, Yomiuri/(Fuji) Sankei the government. This is reflected on TV Asahi vs Fuji TV. NHK / Kyodo / Jiji either are the government or have (historical) ties to the government. Keep this in mind when differences in information treatment occur.

When people start to give advice on TV, look at who they are, what their credentials are and what their (political) agendas may be. Example: a politician has no scientific credentials, just an agenda, a politician with a scientific agenda has both (make of this what you want), a scientific should only have his credentials, a professional opinion and the public's best interests in mind. Beware of people pretending to have credentials or have been (repeatedly) discredited.

In case of doubt, Google search is your friend, but invest a little more than 5 minutes and: take the time to read what you will find and try to see if there are any adverse results.

To deal with the situation:

the 3 Cs to start with:

https://www.mhlw.go.jp/content/3CS.pdf

wash your hands when you come home. Take your time when doing it (no cheating).

masks (even if summer and, yes, I know it sucks BIG TIME) and even vaccinated, continue to wear a mask for the time being (we are not all vaccinated yet)

get vaccinated. Understand it is not a magic bullet or force-field to deal with the virus, it enhances your chances not to get sick and if you do, to suffer from milder symptoms.

To deal with anxiety / depression: no clear-cut answer, we're all different.

A few of the things I do:

friends (over Line, phone or in person but outside and with masks)

my cats ( I appreciate them interrupting the news when the news is bad)

switch off from the news storm sometime

go out (with a mask and in the open), preferably where there is a lot of space or where/when there are not too many people (parks, wood, forest, beach-side or even your neighborhood or go for cycling or a drive)

your family

a good book/movie/TV show/hobby/whatever changes your mind. Try to avoid bad habits: food/drinks (I plead guilty on the first account)

talk to people about your anxieties/fears, do not keep them to yourself.

Essentially, the same as the above posters: you are on your own, but you are not alone. This is a sh.tstorm, but the end of the world or the end of your world, this is not. We had rough times in the past, our parents and grand-parents have seen as bad or worse (WW2 and WW1 anyone?), with cool heads and warm hearts we will prevail.

Godspeed to all. We will make it through.

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use common sense.

dont believe to media everyday massage.

take care of you,eat well,drink well,sleep well,dont worry over about small things/problems.

build your body immunity.

thats all.

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Find a way to laugh.

How funny is this?

https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2021/07/two-men-develop-oozing-boils-faces-receiving-moderna-jab/?utm_source=Gab&utm_campaign=websitesharingbuttons

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Focus on improving your health and immune system, and get on with your life.

Realize that if you're healthy, the survival rate is very high and there is very little to worry about.

Realize that vaccines are not risk-free, weigh the pros and cons yourself and tell whoever is trying to pressure you one way or the other to go away...

Mainstream sources of information are heavily controlled and agenda-driven, look for information from alternative sources you trust...

For any source of information (MSM, peer-reviewed study, Fauci, discussion forum ...), look for any possible conflicts of interest.

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It is almost impossible to argue that people should take pandemic precautions for the "greater good" when the Olympics are being held - it's nothing more than a big party for elite athletes, foreigners and a few well-connected people.

The priority should be giving normal life back to the everyday people, so they can go out and play sports, socialise among other things.

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what advice would you give to people suffering anxiety and depression? What are you doing in your daily life to get through this crisis?

Exercise, alcohol and sex (which is also a form of exercise). See a doctor for antidepressants if that doesn't work.

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See a doctor for antidepressants if that doesn't work.

Actually, antidepressants appear to be quite effective against Covid-19. Really!

If you have Covid-19 and your doctor won't give you ivermectin or HCQ+azithromycin, just say you're very sad...

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Actually, antidepressants appear to be quite effective against Covid-19. Really!

There are many of them with different modes of action. Which are you referring to?

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Actually, antidepressants appear to be quite effective against Covid-19. Really!

There are many of them with different modes of action. Which are you referring to?

Fluvoxamine is the one I can remember, but there are others...

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What my wife and I do is travel. We travel every 5 weeks or so for 5 days at a time. Great time to travel. Nobody doing it.

It takes away any stress which we do not have but am sure others do. Restaurants and venues are absolutely the bomb fabulous.

You can see Japan as if you are in a tourist guidebook with nobody in sight at any venues in general. That famous Bamboo Forest in Kyoto...if you know of it is usually packed. Not one person in sight.

I recommend people get out there and see the world.

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What my wife and I do is travel. We travel every 5 weeks or so for 5 days at a time. Great time to travel. Nobody doing it.

Do you pick up the regional goods like Pocky and eat it on the train?

We had another poster who travelled like you. He was a big Pocky fan.

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ShinkansenCaboose

What my wife and I do is travel. We travel every 5 weeks or so for 5 days at a time. Great time to travel. Nobody doing it.

Unfortunately working people can not do that nor people with children at school. So why not travel to some tropical beach and stay for three months?

Anyway, good luck to you and your travels.

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Kyoto/ Bamboo forest? Be careful of the train tracks there, it’s ended at least 2 careers.

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Kyoto/ Bamboo forest? Be careful of the train tracks there, it’s ended at least 2 careers.

Maybe ShinkansenCaboose could go on a 10km walk in the forest. I don’t know if he’d hear any ambulance sirens.

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Our friend blvtzpk told us about Okazaki Shrine but no real rabbits or, surfing in Kyoto either.

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Don't worry! Worrying doesn't help and avoid FUD as much as possible!

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Sorry, I offended some of you. Questions were put forward about advice, so I put some ideas forward.

Pocky are those chocolate sticks that snack girls used to put on ice and charge a fortune for. Quite messy in the summer I would think.

Never saw train tracks in the bamboo forest. There are guys hustling to take you on two-wheel carriages. Strong men.

That forrest is not 10km long. Rather a short walk. Ambulances are probably available for that with heat stroke I assume.

Some of you write weird responses.

@Zichi: I didn't look at it from the perspective of working people and those with kids. I guess I was blindsided by selfishness, but thanks for wishing us nice travels. Hope you can do the same.

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Listen to the experts, specially official information given by medical organizations, and distrust anything that comes solely from videos and rogue "scientists" that contradict the scientific community based on no data. This surprisingly will result in quite homogeneous information that is much more likely to be correct.

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dont read JapanToday...?

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dont read JapanToday...?

avoid watching or reading any news at all

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I try to communicate with God as often as I can. I tell my worries and He makes my anxiety easier and helps me see sth good in any kind of a day.

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Gin and tonic! (In moderation) ;)

follow the science and avoid the media. If you must then read newspapers; reading actively involves the brain, tv/computers just wash over you without triggering the critical facilities, why it is referred to as electronic Soma.

Get out in to nature, activity is beneficial as are natural environments. Swimming has been shown to give more of a boost than other activities (though no one knows why yet).

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Vote the irresponsible government out of power would be a start!

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Completely ignore the Corona BS - breath freely (without a mask), meet with friends and talk to other ppl. There are quite a few bars open, there are thousands of ppl on the beaches.

But the most important thing is: Don't be a guinea pig and get vaccinated. Chances of getting seriously sick from the virus are

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But the most important thing is: Don't be a guinea pig and get vaccinated. Chances of getting seriously sick from the virus are

...much higher than from the vaccines, but antivaxxer groups love to lie about it to deceive people into rejecting safe and effective vaccines.

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I am 99% sure I had covid before my vaccination and I felt the slippery slope into labored breathing but recovered quickly. Not a place I want to ever go again. I find it so weird that most of us were vaccinated as kids for a variety of things like smallpox, and we blindly take drugs from doctors without any idea how they work in our body, but for political reasons some people are against the coronavirus vaccine.

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I find it so weird that most of us were vaccinated as kids for a variety of things like smallpox, and we blindly take drugs from doctors without any idea how they work in our body, but for political reasons some people are against the coronavirus vaccine.

It's not political. The corona vaxes are not like other vaxes. There have been more deaths and adverse reactions so far (actually a couple of months ago already) from the corona vaxes than from all other vaxes combined over 3 decades! There are many pro-vax experts who are seriously concerned with these vaxes.

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There have been more deaths and adverse reactions so far (actually a couple of months ago already) from the corona vaxes than from all other vaxes combined over 3 decades!

Which is explained easily by vigilance and the sheer number of inoculations done in a short time.

Since the deaths and important adverse reactions are still in the same rates for unvaccinated people that still makes them irrelevant, unless you somehow think that vaccines magically make unvaccinated people die and get negative side effects, something that obviously makes no sense.

There are many pro-vax experts who are seriously concerned with these vaxes.

But strangely when asked for proof you keep bringing only videos from people speaking from a complete lack of evidence instead of proper scientific reports, not to talk about the scientific and moral reputation of the "experts" you keep linking to.

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There have been more deaths and adverse reactions so far (actually a couple of months ago already) from the corona vaxes than from all other vaxes combined over 3 decades!

Which is explained easily by vigilance and the sheer number of inoculations done in a short time.

The sheer number of vaccinations! Seriously? So more covid vaccinations in a few months than 30 years of all other vaccinations combined.

Since the deaths and important adverse reactions are still in the same rates for unvaccinated

Except that they are not the same rates as the unvaccinated. I already demonstrated this with Bell's Palsy, how regulators "concluded" they were unrelated but careful investigation of the numbers showed the vaccine caused a 3-7 fold increase in chance of developing Bell's Palsy.

Also, it would not make any logical sense, unless all other vaxes over 3 decades somehow prevented adverse reactions.

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The sheer number of vaccinations! Seriously? So more covid vaccinations in a few months than 30 years of all other vaccinations combined.

why are you going to quote something and then ignore it just because it proves you wrong, read again what you quoted and try to find the half that you inexplicably left out.

Except that they are not the same rates as the unvaccinated. I already demonstrated this with Bell's Palsy, how regulators "concluded" they were unrelated but careful investigation of the numbers showed the vaccine caused a 3-7 fold increase in chance of developing Bell's Palsy.

You have done no such thing.

https://jamanetwork.com/journals/jamaotolaryngology/fullarticle/2781367

Also, it would not make any logical sense, unless all other vaxes over 3 decades somehow prevented adverse reactions.

Except again for the very pertinent part of the comment that proved your mistake, and also obviously the kind of population that was predominantly vaccinated against COVID, your argument is like saying that adult diapers are much more "dangerous" because more deaths are reported on users in a single year than decades of users of infant diapers.

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/safety/adverse-events.html

Millions of people in the United States have received COVID-19 vaccines under the most intense safety monitoring in U.S. history.

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Stop being lazy and do something about it. We aren’t bound to these draconian policies they implement. We the people give the politicians and businesses the power. If we don’t vote for them, they’ll go away, if we don’t buy their products, they’ll go bankrupt. Do what you want!

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