With all the uncertainty of unemployment and virus, it is not uncommon to have anxiety about a new disease. Public health actions, such as social distancing, can make people feel isolated and lonely and can increase stress. Coping with stress in a healthy way will make you, the people you care about, and your community stronger.
How you respond to stress during the COVID-19 pandemic can depend on your emotional past, your social support, your financial situation, your health, and the community where you reside.
Stress during an infectious disease outbreak can sometimes produce the following areas:
• Fear and worry about your own health and the health of your loved ones, or your financial situation.
• Difficulty sleeping or concentrating.
• Worsening of chronic health problems.
• Worsening of mental health conditions.
• Increased use of tobacco, and/or alcohol and other substances.
Ways to Cope
Take breaks from watching, reading, or listening to news stories, including those on social media. Listening to the pandemic news repeatedly can be distressing.
Make time to unwind. Try to do some other activities you enjoy, reading, cooking or even gardening.
Connect with others online or on the phone. Talk with people you trust about your concerns and how you are feeling.
Connect with your community- or faith-based organizations. While social distancing measures are in place, consider connecting through social media.
Above all, be safe.
Coping with Stress during COVID