Dealing with Stress and Anxiety During COVID-19

During this time, when school and home life have been combined into one, it is important to remember that you need to schedule breaks throughout your day to prevent becoming overwhelmed and feeling overworked.

Stress during an infectious disease outbreak can include:

  • Fear and worry about your own health and the health of your loved ones
  • Changes in sleep or eating patterns
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Worsening of chronic health problems
  • Increased use of alcohol, tobacco, or other drugs

Things you can do to support yourself:

  • Know the facts.
  • Put the pandemic in perspective.
  • Identify the source(s) of your anxiety.
  • Refrain from shaming and blaming.
  • Don’t be afraid to ask for help.
  • Don’t procrastinate about preparing for the worst.
  • Use social distancing, but connect by phone, text, email, etc.
  • Take breaks from watching, reading, or listening to news stories, including social media.
  • Take care of your body. Take deep breaths, stretch, or meditate. Try to eat healthy well-balanced meals, exercise regularly, get plenty of sleep, and avoid drugs and alcohol.
  • Make time to unwind. Try to do some other activities you enjoy.