News about COVID-19 seems to be everywhere. It’s normal to feel sad, stressed, confused, scared or angry during a crisis. To deal with your emotions in a healthy way have a plan ready in case you do start to feel overwhelmed.
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COVID-19 (coronavirus): 6 Tips for Coping with the Stress
It’s normal to feel sad, stressed, confused, scared or angry during a crisis. Talking to people you trust can help. Get in touch with your loved ones and connect with them.
Do things you’ve done in the past to help manage challenges and stress. Know that you’ve developed skills to manage your emotions and use them during this time, too.
Be aware that not everything being said about COVID-19 is accurate. Go to trusted sources like your state or local health department, the CDC or the World Health Organization.
If you’re staying home, stay healthy by eating well, getting plenty of sleep, exercising regularly and having good social contact with loved ones by phone or video chat.
Limit your stress and fear by reducing how much time you spend watching or reading the news or scrolling through social media, especially when you feel it’s upsetting information.
Deal with your emotions in a healthy way. Have a plan ready in case you do start to feel overwhelmed, and don’t hesitate to talk to a counselor or therapist if you need to.
*Created for Mission Health by Jarrard Phillips Cate & Hancock, Inc.
**Adapted from the International Federation of Red Cross; data from the World Health Organization