COVID-19: Reducing Fear and Anxiety

Uncertainty about what’s going to happen with COVID-19 and its impact on everyone can have you feeling anxious and fearful. Whether you are concerned about your job or an elderly family member, getting food and supplies, or even getting sick yourself—you have an important goal: combat this stress and stay calm. Here’s how:

1) Practice self-care: Focus on what you can control. Get more sleep, read a new book, have a warm bath, or take a walk somewhere quiet—whatever you do, now is the time to prioritize your well-being.

2) Limit social media use: Set limits on how often you use social media, especially if you’re at home where it’s tempting to check in more often. Don’t let a constant stream of tweets, status updates, and conflicting opinions overwhelm you.

3) Read only reliable news sources: Stay informed by reading only reliable sources, such as government websites, the WHO, and the CDC. Other news sources may be less accurate, and they may cause feelings of panic and concern.

4) Talk it out: Acknowledge any stress or anxiety you’re feeling right now, and ask others how they’re coping. Talk to family and friends, and make sure you check in with how your kids are feeling.

5) Reach out to coworkers: Now is the time for coworkers to come together. Focus on maintaining positive morale at work, and if you’re working remotely, set regular meetings.

Special Thanks to Chief Reyna for the article.