COVID-19 and Stress

These can be some scary times for sure. With the 24/7 news cycle, it seems like we are always bombarded with updates, statistics, and bad news.

Along with this comes many stressors. Am I washing my hands enough? Did I expose my family?

Here are some tips from the CDC on how to cope with stressors during this time. Visit cdc.gov for lots of helpful information.

Ways to cope with stress

  • 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.
    • Take deep breaths, stretch
    • Try to eat healthy, well-balanced meals.
    • Exercise regularly, get plenty of sleep.
    • Avoid alcohol
  • 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.
  • Help connect people with family and loved ones to help lower distress and feelings of social isolation.

Common reactions to COVID-19

  • Concern about protecting oneself from the virus because they are at higher risk of serious illness.
  • Concern that regular medical care or community services may be disrupted due to facility closures or reductions in services and public transport closure.
  • Feeling socially isolated, especially if they live alone or are in a community setting that is not allowing visitors because of the outbreak.
  • Guilt if loved ones help them with activities of daily living.
  • Increased levels of distress if they:
    • Have mental health concerns before the outbreak, such as depression.
    • Live in lower-income households or have language barriers
    • Experience stigma because of age, race or ethnicity, disability, or perceived likelihood of spreading COVID-19.

Together, we will get through this.

Just remember to wash your hands…. OFTEN, use hand sanitizer if you cannot use soap and water, wipe down high touch areas with Clorox type wipes.

There are lots of videos out there on how to make your own mask to wear. One good one we found was using a simple bandana and 2 rubber bands.

The Most important thing to remember is to STAY CALM. Do what you can to protect yourself and your loved ones physical and mental health.