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SLU Psychology Professor Shares Coping Tips for Stressful Times

by Maggie Rotermund on 03/25/2020
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As we continue to social distance to limit the spread of COVID-19 across the United States, prolonged change to day-to-day life can bring higher levels of stress.

Saint Louis University researcher Tony Buchanan, Ph.D. knows a lot about stress. It’s what he and students in his lab study every day. Buchanan, a professor of psychology and co-director of SLU’s Neuroscience Program, and his undergraduate and graduate students examine how stress impacts decision-making and behavior.

Tony Buchanan, Ph.D.

SLU professor Tony Buchanan, Ph.D. has made a career out of studying stress. 

In an interview on St. Louis Public Radio’s St. Louis on the Air, Buchanan recommended coping strategies, including finding ways to help others and taking the long view on how social distancing can be beneficial to the greater good.

“Taking the long view of things is one way to regulate your emotions about a specific event,” he said. “We can’t solve the problem of viruses on our own, but we can do what we can for ourselves to solve that problem by controlling how we spend time and our contact with others.”

Listen to the interview

Buchanan also recommends maintaining connections despite being separated physically. “So long as a social connection is maintained, whether it is virtual or real-life, I think a virtual connection is better than no connection at all.”

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