The outbreak of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) may be stressful for people. Fear and anxiety about a disease can be overwhelming and cause strong emotions in adults and children. Coping with stress will make you, the people you care about, and your community stronger.
Stress during an infectious disease outbreak can include:
Fear and worry about your own health and the health of your loved ones
Changes in sleep or eating patterns
Difficulty sleeping or concentrating
Worsening of chronic health problems
Worsening of mental health conditions
Increased use of alcohol, tobacco, or other drugs
The CDC has set up a page that helps us understand the affects COVID-19 has on ourselves and our community and how we can cope with and monitor the behavior of those in our households. More information can be found by clicking here
It’s normal to feel stress, anger, confusion, or fear related to the COVID19 pandemic. Here are some additional tips to manage your stress and anxiety:
💬 Stay connected to family and friends. Talk to people you trust. 🥦 Maintain a healthy lifestyle — proper diet, sleep, and exercise. 🚫 Don’t smoke, drink alcohol, or use drugs to deal with emotions. 📺 Limit TV time — Spend less time watching coverage that is upsetting.
☎️ Remember, emotions are normal but struggling to process through them doesn’t need to be a one-person job. Get connected to help! Call the Support & Referral Helpline at 1-855-284-2494.