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. Coping with stress will make you, the people you care about, and your community stronger. 

Thanks to the CDC, here are some tips you can take to help manage stress not only in your loved ones, but yourself as well. 

  1. Take Breaks 

Being constantly informed on the pandemic from news stories and social media can become overwhelming and upsetting. Remind yourself and loved ones to take breaks and focus your time on other activities that relax you.  


  1. Take Care of your Body 

Not only is it important to eat healthy, exercise regularly, and get plenty of sleep, it is also critical to listen to your body. Take deep breaths, stretch, meditate or pray to help relieve tension and anxiety.  


  1. Connect with Others 

Remind yourself that you are not alone during this time. Make plans to call, facetime, or Skype with loved ones to reconnect. Talk with people you trust about your concerns and how you are feeling.  



Authored by: cmccauley