Coronavirus Stress: 7 Stress Relief Tips
Use these 7 stress relief strategies to cope with the current outbreak of coronavirus (COVID-19)
Coronavirus is causing stress and anxiety
Unless you have been living under a rock for the past few days, you have likely been inundated with reports about the novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) that is spreading throughout the world. While some news sources have provided important information, many sensationalized stories have been released, which have added to the public’s panic. The fear of the unknown from this disease has created stress for many of us—for others, it has added to existing anxieties. The stock market has responded with a significant downturn. Many people are unsure whether to travel. Business owners are bracing for the economic fallout. Parents are waiting to find out if their schools are going to be closed for an extended period of time.
So if you are one of the millions of people affected by the novel Coronavirus outbreak, you are probably a little more stressed than usual. OK, a lot more stressed. So, here are some tips to help you manage your anxiety, put news reports in perspective and maintain a positive outlook.
Keep things in perspective
Take a deep breath and don’t panic. Remind yourself that the number of confirmed infections in the U.S. is extremely low. Just because there is a lot of news coverage on COVID-19 does not necessarily mean that it presents any threat to you or your family.
Get the facts
OK, if you do nothing else, do this: stop getting all of your COVID-19 information from social media posts! The information may not be from a credible source. As you follow news reports about the virus, do your research and find a credible source you can trust. For example, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has a website dedicated to the current Coronavirus outbreak. You may also find useful information from local or state public health agencies.
Set limits around news and social media
Stop the scroll and turn off the news! Constantly reading, watching, or listening to upsetting media coverage can intensify worry and anxiety. Take a break from news or social media, especially if there’s no new information. Focus on positive things in your life and actions you have control over.
Now that you’ve stopped the scroll and turned off the news, it’s time to engage your social support system. Receiving support and care from others can bring a sense of comfort and stability. Spend time with supportive family and friends—and discuss your concerns, thoughts, and feelings with others.
Acknowledge your feelings
It’s understandable to feel stressed, anxious, or upset in times like this. Allow yourself time to notice how you feel, and give yourself permission to express what you’re feeling. Write down your thoughts in a journal, talk to others, do something creative, or practice meditation.
Maintain your day-to-day normal activities whenever possible
Having a healthy routine can have a positive impact on your thoughts and feelings. Eating healthy meals, do physical exercise, and do things you enjoy! If the weather is nice, go outside and get some sunshine. It will boost your mood!
Please stop buying all the toilet paper
This one is pretty self-explanatory. Leave some for other people.
Keep calm! We are all going to get through this!