Feeling off this week? There could be a few reasons why

Feeling off? You're not alone, and there could be a few reasons why.

Maybe it's all the Coronavirus news, or you’re struggling to cope with the recent time change.

It could also be linked to Monday’s full moon, or Friday the 13th, which is coming up this week.

On the surface, these may seem like insignificant events, but when taken together their impact can add up – and there’s some science to back that up.

Here's what's happening this week, and what you can do to cope.


Maybe it's all the Coronoavirus news, which may be contributing to 'headline stress disorder' -- a real term coined by psychologist Steven Stosny after he noticed an uptick in patients complaining their newsfeeds were becoming a source of anxiety.

Anxiety-busting tips: If Coronavirus headlines are getting you down, you can "mute" certain stories on your social media timelines. If you're afraid of contracting the virus, experts say the best thing you can do is regularly wash your hands and avoid touching your face.

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Or -- depending on where you live -- you may be feeling tired from Sunday's time change.

While Daylight Saving Time allows for more sunlight in the evening, the twice-annual time change that's observed in about 70 countries has been linked to several negative outcomes, including significant productivity losses, an increase in traffic accidents, and an elevated risk of contracting an illness.

Anxiety-busting tips: Experts say the best way to adjust to a time change is to stick to your normal schedule, avoid long naps, and don't drink coffee and alcohol -- especially late in the day.



Monday's full moon could be another reason things may not feel right.

Past studies suggest car crashes and crime increases are common during a full moon -- although it's not understood why.

Experts say auto accidents may happen more frequently because the moon is distracting drivers.

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Monday's full moon will be extra distracting, because it's a 'super worm moon', which will appear larger and brighter than a typical full moon.

Crime may rise because people tend to head outdoors more on well-lit nights, allowing for more human interactions and therefore, more opportunities for crime.

Anxiety-busting tip: Be extra alert on the roads. There is a higher chance that other drivers will be distracted, which creates the perfect conditions for fender benders.



Friday the 13th is coming up -- a calendar event we won't see again until November.

Linking Friday the 13th to bad luck dates back to the Middle Ages. It may have something to do with the crucifixion of Jesus, which occurred on a Friday, the BBC says.

There are theories about why the "13" is considered unlucky, the BBC reports. It may have to do with the number of people present at the Last Supper, or the number of witches needed to make a coven.

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Anxiety-busting tips: If Friday the thirteenth makes you nervous, you aren't alone. In fact, there's even a name for it, but don't ask us to pronounce it: Friggatriskaidekaphobia.

If your phobia is mild, try distracting yourself with things you enjoy. If it's severe, talk to a health care professional.

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