Relieving Stress During Quarantine

Outbreaks Can Be Stressful

The outbreak of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) may be stressful for people. Fear and anxiety about a disease can be overwhelming and cause strong emotions in adults and children. Coping with stress will make you, the people you care about, and your community stronger.

Stress during an infectious disease outbreak can include:

• Fear and worry about your own health and the health of your loved ones

• Changes in sleep or eating patterns

• Difficulty sleeping or concentrating

• Worsening of chronic health problems

• Worsening of mental health conditions

• Increased use of alcoholtobacco, or other drugs

Everyone reacts differently to stressful situations

How you respond to the outbreak can depend on your background, the things that make you different from other people, and the community you live in.

People who may respond more strongly to the stress of a crisis include:

• Older people and people with chronic diseases who are at higher risk for severe illness from COVID-19

• Children and teens

• People who are helping with the response to COVID-19, like doctors, other health care providers, and first responders

• People who have mental health conditions including problems with substance use

Take care of yourself and your community

Taking care of yourself, your friends, and your family can help you cope with stress. Helping others cope with their stress can also make your community stronger.

Ways to cope with stress

• Take breaks from watching, reading, or listening to news stories, including social media. Hearing about the pandemic repeatedly can be upsetting.

• Take care of your body.

• Take deep breaths, stretch, or meditateexternal icon

• Try to eat healthy, well-balanced meals.

• Exercise regularlyget plenty of sleep.

• Avoid alcohol and drugsexternal icon

• Make time to unwind. Try to do some other activities you enjoy. Here is a coloring book that can be therapuetic to take your mind off of the current events for a little while. Coloring_book_2.pdf

• Connect with others. Talk with people you trust about your concerns and how you are feeling.

Need help? Know someone who does?

If you, or someone you care about, are feeling overwhelmed with emotions like sadness, depression, or anxiety, or feel like you want to harm yourself or others

• Call 911

• Visit the Disaster Distress Helplineexternal icon
, call 1-800-985-5990, or text TalkWithUs to 66746

• Visit the National Domestic Violence Hotlineexternal icon
 or call 1-800-799-7233 and TTY 1-800-787-3224


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