Coping With Your Emotions Surrounding COVID-19
Wednesday, March 18, 2020
COVID-19 can cause a wide range of emotions that may include anxiety, isolation, anger and more. This is normal. Countless people are feeling the same way. Below are suggestions from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for dealing with these feelings and keeping yourself healthy.
1. Focus on facts and be wary of fake news
For community health information, rely on your local health department. For information on a larger scale, visit the CDC website. Don’t panic because of a social media post or a story on a questionable website. If the information is real, trusted news sources will verify it.
2. Take timeouts
Be mindful of how long you spend watching and listening to COVID-19 coverage. Obsessing over it can increase anxiety.
3. Practice good hygiene
Frequently and thoroughly wash your hands with soap and water or an alcohol-based hand sanitizer. Avoid touching your face. Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or sleeve when you cough or sneeze. Avoid individuals who are sick.
4. Take care of your mind and body
Get plenty of rest, exercise, eat healthy and avoid alcohol and drugs. Do things that you enjoy. Read a book, watch a movie at home, or play a game with loved ones.
5. Social distancing does not mean isolation
Talk to and text friends and family over the phone. Connect through social media. Be honest with loved ones about how you are feeling.
Help is waiting
If the pressure is too much, contact The Genesis NurseLine 24 hours a day, seven days a week at (740) 455-4949 or Genesis Behavioral Health at (740) 454-4615 for resources to deal with the stress.