Managing the Stress of COVID-19

Posted March 19, 2020

  1. Avoid spending too much time searching for information online, scrolling through social media, or initiating conversations about the virus as this could create increased anxiety, possibly leading to panic. Instead, choose one reliable information source and read/listen to it for a set amount of time (maybe 10 minutes) then move on.
  2. Stick to (or create new) healthy habits. Exercise, good nutrition, and quality sleep are all helpful for both mental and physical health.
  3. Take breaks and allow yourself to do the activities you enjoy.
  4. Take comfort in your daily routines. Try to maintain them as much as possible.  Or if you don’t currently have a good routine, try a new one or create a daily schedule.  For example:  9-10 am clean, 10-11 am study/work, 11-1 pm lunch and relax, 1-4 pm outside/exercise/activity, 4-5 pm dinner, etc.
  5. Get dressed and stay busy every day. Find ways to feel productive each day.
  6. If you’re currently in therapy, continue to attend sessions (even if they’re online or over the phone). Talk with your provider about COVID-19 and how it may be impacting your emotional health.

Source:  Elizabeth McIngvale, Ph.D, LCSW

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