Coping with COVID-19 stress

April 22, 2020

IT is normal to feel sad, stressed, confused, scared or angry during a crisis.

Some people, mostly adults and even children, easily get affected by the current health crisis brought by the coronavirus. They suffer emotional stress and anxiety. Some get hospitalized.

If any of your family member, relative or friend or even you, have this condition, this information can help you handle the crisis easily. Remember, during this crisis, it is normal to feel stressed, angry (because people do not follow the government’s home quarantine order), confused, and scared that you might get infected or any of your relatives with the virus.

Consider these tips:

* Talk to people you trust can help.

* If you must stay home, maintain a healthy lifestyle including proper diet, sleep, exercise and social contacts with loved ones at home and by email and phone with other family and friends.

* Don’t use smoking, alcohol, or other drugs to deal with your emotions,

* If your feel overwhelmed, talk to a health worker or counselor. Have a plan, where to go to and how to seek help for physical and mental needs if required.

* Get the facts, Gather information that will help you accurately determine your risk so that you can take reasonable precautions.

* Limit worry and agitation by lessening the time you and your family spend watching or listening to media coverage that you perceive as upsetting.