How Are You Coping with COVID-19?
There's a new normal today. And we're all dealing with it in different ways. When you hear, read, or watch news about the latest on COVID-19 report, it's normal to feel anxious. Stress is normal. So what do you do? Here are a few tips that I found to help deal with the current health crisis.
Manage Your Stress
- Stay informed. Refer to credible sources for updates on the local situation. Although popular and easily accessible, social media is sometimes not the best source for news.
- State and local health Departments
- Stay focused on your personal strengths.
- Maintain a routine.
- Make time to relax and rest.
Be Informed and Inform Your Family
- Become familiar with local medical and mental health resources in your community.
- (see above) Local Health Department
- Government -- elected and city officials should be distributing up-to-date information about what's happening inthe community and the area and how citizens should be responding to requests, such as stay at home, business closings, etc.
- Avoid sharing unconfirmed news about the infectious disease to avoid creating unnecessary fear and panic -- see above about the reliability of social media.
- Give honest age-appropriate information to children and remember to stay calm; children often feel what you feel.
Connect with Your Community online or through the phone
- Keep contact with family and friends through social messaging or through phone calls
- Join community and/or faith group online chat groups
- Accept help from family, friends, co-workers and clergy.
- COVID-19 restrictions have asked us to practie social distancing and stay at home unless trips are deemed essential.
- Reach out to neighbors and friends with special needs who may need your help.
- See above about social distancing - practice common sense. You can offer assistance and check-in without compromising your own health and wellbeing
Reach Out and Help while maintaining necessary social distancing guidelines
- If you know someone affected by the outbreak -- meaning a familty member or close friend who has contracted COVID-19 -- call them to see how they are doing, and remember to keep their confidentiality.
- Consider an act of kindness for those who have been asked to practice social distancing, such as having a meal delivered
- Avoid blaming anyone or assuming someone has the disease because of the way they look or where they or their families come from.
- An infectious disease is not connected to any racial or ethnic group; speak up in kindness when you hear false rumors or negative stereotypes that foster racism and xenophobia.
As always. Be safe. Be optimistic. Be kind.