Mental Health and Coping During COVID-19

The outbreak of coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) can be emotionally very stressful. So, here are a few things to keep in mind.

You're human: It's natural to feel additional stress during this time. You wouldn't be human if you didn't. So knowing this, don't be too hard on yourself just because you're feeling stress about the situation.

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News exposure: Take breaks from watching, reading, or listening to news stories. It can be upsetting to hear about the crisis and see images repeatedly. It's ok to stay informed, but extensive exposure to the news can do more harm than good. One suggestion is to schedule a daily time for consuming news about the issue, e.g. every morning at 8AM for 15 minutes. Then go about your typical day.

Awareness: Like any type of stress it can help to bring awareness to it without judgment. Just inspect. Bring awareness to what you're thinking, how you're feeling emotionally and also to how you're feeling in your body. Write about it in your journal and/or say it aloud. Acknowledging the stress can often make it feel less significant.

Talk about it: Taking awareness a step further can be to talk to someone about it. This could be family, a friend or a professional. Hearing yourself talking about these feelings can make it feel less intense.