How to Manage Anxiety and Stress During the Pandemic
The COVID-19 outbreak and everything that comes along with it can be stressful for lots of people. Fear and anxiety about something like this can be overwhelming and cause strong emotions in adults and children alike, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). What does everyone need to know to make it through these times in a healthy way?
First, realize that each person reacts differently to a stressful situation. Responses can depend on a person’s background, the things that make them different from other people, and the community in which they live.
Things individuals can do to support themselves include:
- Take breaks from watching, reading, or listening to news stories, including browsing on social media. Hearing about the pandemic repeatedly can be upsetting.
- Take care of the body. Take deep breaths, stretch or meditate. Try to eat healthy, well-balanced meals, exercise regularly, get plenty of sleep and avoid alcohol and drugs.
- Make time to unwind. Try to do some other enjoyable activities.
- Connect with others. Talk with people about concerns and feelings.
What does someone do if they are a parent or caregiver in this difficult time? There are many things they can do to support children:
- Take time to talk with the child or teen about the COVID-19 outbreak. Answer questions and share facts about COVID-19 in a way that they can understand.
- Reassure the child or teen that they are safe. Let them know it is okay if they feel upset.
- Limit exposure to news coverage of the event, including social media. Children may misinterpret what they hear and can be frightened about something they do not understand.
- Try to keep up with regular routines. If schools are closed, create a schedule for learning activities and relaxing or fun activities.
- Be a role model. Take breaks, get plenty of sleep, exercise, and eat well. Stay connected with friends and family members.
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