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Man with a drink Each of us copes with stress in different ways, but the past year at home has led many to rely on unhealthy coping mechanisms. (Photo: Getty Images)

It’s hard to believe the world has been grappling with the COVID-19 pandemic for a full year. Everyone’s lives have been impacted by this outbreak, raising our stress levels by turning normal, everyday tasks into unwarranted challenges.

Everything we do, from going to the grocery store, to sending the kids to school, to spending time with friends and family, was turned upside down. At the same time, big-picture worries have loomed over us – economic uncertainty, the health of vulnerable loved ones, and the overall anticipation of a return to normalcy. Dealing with this anxiety, especially for a prolonged period of time, not only takes a toll on us mentally and emotionally, but physically too.

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