With the rapid spread of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) throughout the United States, fear and stress about the disease can be overwhelming for some. Everyone reacts differently to stressful situations but finding positive ways to cope with stress will make you stronger. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) outlines ways people who are responding strongly to the crisis cope with the stress of the current health crisis.
Stress during a health crisis can include:
- Worrying about your health, as well as the health of your loved ones
- Difficulty sleeping or concentrating
- Changes in eating patterns
- Worsening of chronic health problems
- Increase in alcohol, tobacco or drug use
Things you can do to reduce stress for yourself and others:
- Make time to unwind and do activities that you and your loved ones enjoy
- Take care of your body – eat healthy, exercise, get plenty of sleep
- Take time to meditate – practice deep breathing and stretching
- Take a break from watching, reading or listening to news – hearing about the health crisis repeatedly can be upsetting
- Make sure the information you are getting is accurate and from creditable sources
- Try to keep regular routines – especially if you have children that are home from school closings
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