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Managing the pressure amid protests and a pandemic

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Posted at 3:27 PM, Jun 04, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-04 19:50:06-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) - The pandemic, protests, riots, there's a lot of stressors out there, but Licensed Psychologist Dr. Michelle Carcel has a few ways to find positivity.

"We have to go through those motions to be effective and to make sure that we can therefore get to a place where we can actually feel positive," Dr. Carcel said.

She said cut out negativity, from social media to people you know, "there are so many things that we can feel terrible about right now and that's something we have to honor and we can also find that one moment in the day where we stopped and smelled the flowers."

She said focus on the positives, find three things each day you are grateful for. Doing this each day trains your brain to look for the positives. She also said exercise and advocacy are two great ways to change your perspective.

"Advocacy, you know helping out, doing volunteer work. If you really feel passionate about what's going on right now you can advocate, you have a voice and your voice matters," Carcel said writing leaders is very important right now.

Voices were raised across the U.S. at peaceful protests, creating positive change, interactions and dialogue this week after the tragic death of George Floyd.

"I'm really going to recommend if you have a friend or somebody of a different ethnicity or culture, engage in a productive conversation. We are all in this together, we are all able to understand each other if we put our judgements aside and just listen," Dr. Carcel said those positive interactions are essential right now.

The discomfort many feel right now show they are growing, she added.