The COVID-19 pandemic has changed our routines, our daily activities, our life. Public health actions, such as social distancing, are necessary to reduce the spread of COVID-19, but they can make us feel isolated and lonely and can increase stress and anxiety.
Below are some simple ways and coping strategies that you can use to help yourself, your friends and family and your community manage stress.
• Take breaks from the news! It’s good to be informed but hearing about the pandemic constantly can be upsetting. Consider limiting news to just a couple times a day and disconnecting from phone, tv, and computer screens for a while.
• Take care of your body — Try to eat healthy, well-balanced meals, exercise regularly, get plenty of sleep, avoid excessive alcohol and tobacco.
• Stop at times in the day and take some deep breaths, stretch, or meditate.
• Continue with routine preventive measures (such as vaccinations, cancer screenings, etc.) as recommended by your healthcare provider.
• Get vaccinated with a COVID-19 vaccine when available.
• Stay connected to family and friends through regular phone or video calls.
• Connect with your community- or faith-based organizations. While social distancing measures are in place, try connecting online, through social media, or by phone or mail.
• It is especially important to stay connected with your friends and family. Helping others cope with stress through phone calls or video chats can help you and your loved ones feel less lonely or isolated.