In the study, the researchers tracked a group of 226 people with anxiety disorder and assigned them randomly to three separate groups: cognitive behavioral therapy, yoga and stress-management education.
After three months, the researchers found that the cognitive behavioral therapy and yoga to be more effective than stress management. According to the researchers, 54% of people who practiced yoga “met response criteria for meaningfully improved symptoms compared to 33 percent in the stress-education group.”
Additionally, the CDC recommends the following measure to look out for your mental health during the coronavirus outbreak:
Stay informed, but avoid over-saturating yourself with coverage of the virus
Take deep breaths and try to meditate
When you can, eat healthy foods and get regular exercise
Take time to unwind “and remind yourself that strong feelings fade”
Take breaks from consuming coverage
Connect with others about what you are feeling
Maintain healthy relationships with friends or family members
Try to maintain a sense of positive thinking
The CDC also has resources available about coping with a disaster or traumatic event at emergency.cdc.gov/coping/index.asp.