Preventing Stress During the Covid-19 Pandemic

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Preventing Stress During the Covid-19 Pandemic

During the COVID-19 pandemic, both adults, teenagers and even children, can experience stress. Stress is a reaction to situations when someone feels threatened or worried. Stress can be positive (for example in the face of marriage) or negative (in the face of natural disasters). Learning healthy ways to deal with and get proper care and support can reduce feelings of stress and symptoms.

After experiencing a traumatic event, a person can have a strong and lasting reaction. Symptoms can appear physically or emotionally. Common reactions to events that cause stress can include:

  • Disbelief, shock  and numbness.

  • Feelings of sadness, frustration and helplessness.

  • Difficulty concentrating and difficulty making decisions.

  • Headaches, backaches and even stomachaches.

  • Smoking or using alcohol or drugs.

Healthy Ways to Overcome Stress

Feeling emotional and nervous or having trouble sleeping and eating can all be normal reactions to stress. Here are some healthy ways to deal with stress:

  • Normal if you feel sad, stressed, confused, afraid or angry during the COVID-19 pandemic. Talking with people you trust can help. Contact your friends and family.

  • If you have to stay at home, maintain a healthy lifestyle - including proper diet, sleep, exercise, and social contact with loved ones at home or can be via email or telephone to talk with family and other friends.

  • Do not use cigarettes, alcohol or other drugs to deal with your emotions. If you feel overwhelmed, talk with your healthcare provider or counselor. Make a plan, where to go and how to seek help for your physical and mental health needs if needed.

  • Get the facts. Collect information that will help you accurately determine risk so that you can take reasonable precautions. Find reliable sources that you can trust such as the WHO website or, state or local public health agencies.

  • Limit worries and agitation by reducing the time you and your family spend watching or listening to media coverage that you find annoying.

  • Take advantage of skills that you have used in the past that have helped you manage previous life difficulties and use those skills to help you manage your emotions during this pandemic outbreak.

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