The novel coronavirus pandemic is seriously impacting Americans’ mental health.
To help people cope during the pandemic, former CNN host Larry King teamed up with James Pawelski, a professor and director of education at the University of Pennsylvania, to create a free online video series called “Coping with COVID.”
Business Insider spoke with King and Pawelski about how to stay positive during uncertain times and overcome anxiety.
King recounted times when he had faced health issues including lung cancer, prostate cancer, and a heart attack, but he kept going.
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Larry King thinks the coronavirus pandemic is wreaking havoc on Americans’ mental health — and it’s time for people to have more open discussions about it.
“Mental health conversations are very important,” King said. “We’re also all isolated, and we have to depend on each other through various forms of communication and still learn something out of it.”
But it’s not just the coronavirus. In an interview with Business Insider, the former CNN host and 86-year-old broadcaster said the overlapping news of the killing of George Floyd and the upcoming election have propelled the US into challenging and turbulent times.
These concerns inspired King to team up with James Pawelski, a professor and director of education at the University of Pennsylvania, to create a free online video series called “Coping with COVID.” The show spotlights the coping mechanisms psychologists and researchers recommend using to boost mental health.
Experts predict self isolation and social distancing will have serious mental health impacts on people of all ages and occupations. According to a recent survey of 1,500 people by the Benenson Strategy Group, more than half of those surveyed said COVID-19 has impacted their mental health. Social isolation can be as damaging as smoking 15 cigarettes a day, according to a study in the Indian Journal of Psychiatry.
The killing of George Floyd has also caused a spike of depression and anxiety for many Black Americans, The Washington Post reported.
Business Insider spoke with King and Pawelski for information on how to cope during a challenging time.
Learn to build resilience
In “Coping with COVID,” King shared that a key ingredient to overcoming adversity is to have an “indomitable spirit.” Even when he faced health issues including lung cancer, prostate cancer, and a heart attack, he didn’t slow down.
“One of my doctors called and he said I had an indomitable spirit, and he thought that kept me going,” King said during an episode. “All my life I’d get up off the floor. While I’ve had illness, I never let it take away from me.”
Having resilience, or the ability to pick yourself up when life knocks you down, is crucial for coping well with challenges. Resilience is not a character trait that you’re born with, but it’s actually thoughts, behaviors, and actions that are learned and developed over time.
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