Outbreaks can be stressful
The outbreak of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) may be stressful for people. Fear and anxiety about the disease can be overwhelming and cause anxiety. Handling 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
- Loneliness, feeling of isolation
- Difficulty sleeping or concentrating
- Worsening of chronic health problems
- Worsening of mental health conditions
- Increased use of alcohol, tobacco, or other drugs
Everyone reacts differently to stressful situations
How you respond to the outbreak can depend on your background, circumstances, and the community you live in.
Take care of yourself:
- Take breaks from watching, reading, or listening to news stories, including social media. Hearing about the pandemic repeatedly can be upsetting.
- Take care of your body.
- Meditation – many podcast and videos available
- Exercise regularly – many exercise classes available on Zoom, youtube, and other videos
- Avoid alcohol and drugs
- Get outside in nature if possible
- Make time to unwind. Try to do some other activities you enjoy.
- Connect with others. Talk with people you trust about your concerns and how you are feeling.
- Learn something new. If you are unemployed or find yourself with more free time, instead of mindlessly watching TV or being on social media for hours, learn a new skill. Some examples of new skills you might want to learn: new language, new skills for a better or different career, painting, music, etc.
Support your loved ones
Check in with your loved ones often.
Virtual communication can help you and your loved ones feel less lonely and isolated. Reach out to friends and loves ones by:
- Mailing letters or cards
- Text messages
- Video chat
- Social media
These are just a few suggestions to help with coping during these challenging times.
Love to hear from you. How are you coping with COVID-19?