The COVID-19 outbreak has brought stress and feelings of uncertainty for many people. Fear of the unknown can affect everyone from adults to children. It can cause stress about your health and the health of your loved ones. It can also lead to difficulty sleeping or concentrating, increased use of alcohol, and worsening of health conditions. However, you can take steps to cope with COVID-19 and help keep yourself and others safe and healthy. Here are some ways to cope with your stress:
Workout at home.
During an outbreak, we tend to forget to take care of our bodies. It’s important to continue to exercise regularly, while practicing social distancing. For those who don’t have access to exercise equipment at home, there are many free exercises you can find online that incorporate only your body weight.
Take a break from the news.
If you are continuously watching, reading, or listening to the news, you can overwhelm yourself with information. While it’s important to keep yourself up to date, you don’t have to do it every hour of the day. Try limiting your news time to just mornings or evenings.
Speak with others.
Even though we are currently practicing social distancing, that doesn’t mean you can’t be social. Catch up with your friends and family through FaceTime, Zoom, Google Hangouts, and more. You can schedule a virtual social or just a phone call to catch up. You don’t have to go through this alone.