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Wednesday, June 3, 2020

Coping with stress during coronavirus


Okay, so outbreaks can be stressful


The outbreak of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) may be stressful for people. Fear and anxiety about a disease can be overwhelming and cause strong emotions in adults and children. Find ways you and your family can reduce stress.
Don't let stress and anxiety consume you.

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 sleeping or concentrating.
  • Worsening of chronic health problems.
  • Worsening of mental health conditions.
  • Increased use of alcoholtobacco, or other drugs.

Everyone would react differently to stressful situations!

How you respond to the outbreak or any stressful situation can depend on your background, habits, and initial reaction the things that make you different from other people, and the community you live in.
People who may respond more strongly to the stress of a crisis include:
  • Older people and people with chronic diseases who are at higher risk for severe illness from COVID-19.
  • Children and teens.
  • People who are helping with the response to COVID-19, like doctors, other health care providers, and first responders.
  • People who have mental health conditions including problems with substance use.

Take care of yourself and your community

Taking care of yourself, your friends, and your family can be a great way for you and others help cope with stress. Helping others cope with their stress can also make your community stronger and bring a positive impact in your life and making connections with others.

Ways to cope with stress

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