01 May Wellness Wisdom – Coping with a Pandemic
Outbreaks can be stressful.
The outbreak of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) may be stressful for some people. Fear and anxiety about a disease can be overwhelming and cause strong emotions in adults and children. Coping with stress will make you, the people you care about, and your community stronger.
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 alcohol, tobacco, or other drugs
Take care of yourself and your community
Taking care of yourself, your friends, and your family can help you cope with stress. Helping others cope with their stress can also make your community stronger. Ways to cope re listed below:
• 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.
o Take deep breaths, stretch, or meditate.
o Try to eat healthy, well-balanced meals.
o Exercise regularly, get plenty of sleep.
o Avoid alcohol and drugs.
• Make time to unwind. Try to do some other activities you enjoy and relax.
• Connect with others. Talk with people you trust about your concerns and how you are feeling.
If you are someone you care about are feeling overwhelmed with emotions, like sadness, depression and or anxiety, or feel like you want to harm yourself or other.
• Call 911, or your healthcare provider
• Visit Disaster Dress Helpline 1-800-985-5990 or text TalkWithUs to 66746.
• Visit the National Domestic Violence Hotline, or call
Written by LaVella Head