The outbreak of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) may be stressful for people. Fear and anxiety about a disease or your circumstances as a result of the shelter-in-place orders can be overwhelming and cause strong emotions in adults and children. Coping with stress can make you, the people you care about, and your community stronger.
Things you can do to support yourself:
- Limit the amount of news you take in
- Take breaks from watching, reading or listening to news stories including social media
- Take care of your body
- Take deep breaths, stretch or meditate
- Drink lots of water
- Try to eat healthy, well-balanced meals
- Exercise regularly
- Get fresh air
- Get plenty of sleep
- Avoid alcohol and drugs
- Make time to unwind
- Try to do some other activities you enjoy
- Draw, color, paint, cook, bake, listen to music, dance
- Connect with others (virtually)
- Talk with people you trust about your concerns and how you are feeling.
- Many healthcare providers and employee assistance programs (EAPs) have free, on-call counselors available to talk.
For more information, check out:
- Center for Disease Control's information to help Manage Anxiety & Stress
- Additional strategies from National Institute on Mental Health on Coping with Coronavirus: Managing Stress, Fear, and Anxiety
- NPR’s story on How Making Art Helps Your Brain
- PsyCentral and The Power of Music to Reduce Stress, along with several other tips to tackle stress