Coping Tips to Get thru COVID-19 Stress

Washington, D.C. (Sunday, April 5, 2020) – It’s no secret for many of us that this can be a very stressful time.  COVID-19 has been the primary topic of discussion and focus for weeks.  There is so much information to consume and the news is often not good.  That means many of us can fall into information overload and find ourselves overwhelmed with stress and worry.  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has provided a list of things to do to help us cope.  We want to remind you that if you feel like you may harm yourselves or others you should seek immediate medical support or call 9-1-1.  But here are somethings to keep in mind.

  • It is natural and okay to feel anxious and overwhelmed; times are uncertain and difficult right now
  • Work individually and together to find creative ways to keep anxiety in check
  • It is important to find time to take care of ourselves and our mental health, so we can ultimately look out for each other
  • Focusing on news headlines can worsen anxiety
  • Stick to the facts about COVID-19 and what is being done to combat it
  • Turn off the television and limit social media consumption
  • When possible, connect with friends and loved ones through video chats and other online platforms; share your tips for relaxation
  • Get outside to exercise but remember to keep your distance from others
  • Take deep breaths
  • Eat right and get enough sleep
  • Help others in your community

Visit the CDC website for more information.  https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/daily-life-coping/managing-stress-anxiety.html