Dealing with Pandemic Stress
Pause. Breathe. Notice how you feel.
Take slow deep breaths, stretch, or meditate. Observe how you are feeling and what you are thinking, without judgment. Instead of responding or reacting to those thoughts or feelings, note them, and then let them go.
Take breaks from upsetting content
Make time to unwind. Try relaxation techniques and listening to music. Try to do some other activities you enjoy.
Even one session of moderate-to-vigorous physical activity reduces anxiety, and even short bouts of physical activity are beneficial.
Get plenty of sleep.
Be consistent. Go to bed at the same time each night and get up at the same time each morning, including on the weekends.
Try to eat healthy, well-balanced meals.
Add healthy fats, cut sodium, bump up your fiber, and aim for a variety of colors on your plate.
Reach out and stay connected
Talk with people you trust about your concerns and how you are feeling.
Check in with your loved ones often.
It can help you and your loved ones feel less lonely and isolated.
Seek help if overwhelmed or unsafe
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, seek professional help. If distress impacts activities of your daily life for several days or weeks, talk to a clergy member, counselor, or healthcare provider.