Managing Stress and Anxiety During COVID-19
GET THE FACTS about COVID-19 from people and resources you can depend on for accurate information but set limits or take breaks from watching, reading, or listening to news stories, including social media. Hearing about the pandemic repeatedly can be upsetting. You may turn to your family doctor, a state or local health department, U.S. government agencies, or an international organization for current information.
SHARING ACCURATE INFORMATION about COVID-19 can help make people feel less stressed and allow you to connect with them. Sharing the facts about COVID-19 and understanding the actual risk to yourself and people you care about can make an outbreak less stressful.
TAKE TIME AWAY from the news and focus on things in your life that are going well and that you can control. Remind yourself of the many important and positive things in your lives.
RELAX YOUR BODY often by doing things that work for you—take deep breaths, stretch, meditate, wash your face and hands, or engage in pleasurable hobbies. Pace yourself between stressful activities, and do a fun thing after a hard task. Use time off to relax—eat a good meal, read, listen to music, take a bath, or talk to family. Talk about your feelings to loved ones and friends often. Avoid illegal drugs, caffeine and alcohol.
RENEW YOUR SPIRIT through meditation, prayer, or helping others in need.
Support For Your Children
TAKE TIME TO TALK with your child or teen about the COVID-19 outbreak. Answer questions and share facts about COVID-19 in a way that your child or teen can understand.
REASSURE your child or teen that they are safe. Let them know it is okay if they feel upset. Share with them how you deal with your own stress so that they can learn how to cope from you.
LIMIT FAMILY EXPOSURE to news coverage of the event, including social media. Children may misinterpret what they hear and can be frightened about something they do not understand.
TRY TO KEEP & CREATE NEW ROUTINES. If schools are closed, create a schedule for learning activities and relaxing or fun activities.
BE A ROLE MODEL by taking breaks, get plenty of sleep, exercise, and eat well. Connect with your friends and family members.
Call your healthcare provider if stress/anxiety gets in the way of your daily activities for several days in a row.