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Coping with COVID Stress
Kris Boulton Phone: (501) 303-5672Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Connect with Saline County FCS agent Kris Boulton.
The COVID-19 pandemic has had a major effect on our lives. Many of us are facing challenges
that can be stressful, overwhelming, and cause strong emotions in adults and children.
Public health actions, such as social or physical distancing and wearing a mask are
necessary to help reduce the spread of COVID-19, but they can make us feel isolated
and lonely and can increase stress and anxiety.
It is natural to feel stress, anxiety, grief, and worry during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Here are five tips that can help you, others, and our communities manage stress.
Including those on social media. It’s good to be informed but hearing about the pandemic
constantly can be upsetting. Consider limiting news to just a couple times a day and
disconnecting from phone, tv, and computer screens for a while.
Including taking deep breaths and stretching, eating healthy well-balanced meals,
avoid excessive alcohol, tobacco, and substance use. It’s important to continue with routine preventive measures (such as vaccinations,
cancer screenings, annual health check up) as recommended by your healthcare provider.
Try to do some activities you enjoy. This can be prayer, meditation, reading a book
Talk with people you trust about your concerns and how you are feeling. Think about people in your
family that may not have connections with others. You can call on the phone or video
chats. This can help you and your loved ones feel less lonely or isolated.
While social distancing measures are in place, try connecting online, through social
media, by phone or mail. Find a something that is a need you can do safely. Remember
it is beneficial to think of others instead of always focusing on yourself.
Remember to take care of yourself. When you are less stressed you are better equipped
to take care of yourself and help others cope with stress.
For more information: Life Skills and Wellness
For more information about managing stress
During times of extreme stress, people may have thoughts or actions that are not usual.
I’ll share some helplines that you or love ones might need.