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Ohio State webinar offering tips to ease anxiety

Chief Wellness Officer hopes to build community resilience

As The Ohio State University moves to virtual teaching and learning, the university’s chief wellness officer is also moving online to host an event to help students, faculty and staff battle anxiety caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

Chief Wellness Officer and College of Nursing Dean Bernadette Melnyk will lead a webinar Thursday, March 19, to discuss strategies and tips for easing stress and anxiety. The webinar is targeted to a general audience and to parents with children.

“We are all in uncharted territory, and the daily load of information and limitations on everyday life are causing a lot of stress and anxiety for parents and children everywhere,” Melnyk said. “We at Ohio State want to offer our expertise to the members of our community to help them to cope with and build resiliency during this challenging time.

“I believe the evidence-based advice and tips that will be shared during this webinar will help people to deal well with the stressors associated with the COVID-19 pandemic and focus on what they can do to help themselves and their families.”

The webinar is at 1 p.m. March 19. A website for registration is open now and a replay of the session will be available online after the webinar concludes. Melnyk’s office has also launched a website with more resources related to COVID-19 stress and anxiety: go.osu.edu/copingwithcovid19.

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