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Uncertainty is stressing us out right now. 7 ideas for managing it

The pandemic can make us anxious, negative and moody. Try these tips to keep your outlook healthy. <span class="copyright">(Micah Fluellen / Los Angeles Times)</span>
The pandemic can make us anxious, negative and moody. Try these tips to keep your outlook healthy. (Micah Fluellen / Los Angeles Times)

The coronavirus pandemic has forced all of us to confront something we all try to avoid: uncertainty. Our routines, schedules and favorite diversions — eating out, sports, socializing with friends, travel — our jobs and very identities have been canceled, leaving us without touchstones to cling to in the face of a scary unknown.

The sense of groundlessness has set off a spike in anxiety. What’s going to happen to my health, my job, my family? Is takeout food safe? Will there be a depression? How long will it be before we can return to normal? Coping with existential threats in the fog of so many unknowns is a major challenge for folks programmed to make life predictable and, therefore, more safe.

The good news: We are

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