Managing Stress during COVID-19

March 25, 2020

Feelings of sadness, stress, anxiety and confusion are all normal emotional responses during a crisis. As the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic continues, it is important that individuals and families work to reduce stress by staying well-informed with accurate information, practicing healthy lifestyle choices, and taking care of their emotional health.

Coping with the Stress of COVID-19: Things You Can do to Support Yourself

Stay healthy.

Clean your hands often. Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands. (CDC)

Avoid close contact. Staying at least six feet away from other people lessens your chances of catching COVID-19. (John Hopkins Medicine)

Take care of your body. When feeling overwhelmed, take a break from hearing about the pandemic through the media. Meditate and stretch. Eat a well-balanced meal, exercise regularly, get plenty of sleep, and avoid alcohol and drugs. (CDC)

Stay connected.

We’re all in this together. Practice leaning on your support system to help you. Delegate tasks. Maintain communication with your friends, loved ones and community members by sending emails, connecting on social media platforms or through phone calls or text.

Stay informed.

There are many resources available from reputable sources that can provide important health information about COVID-19. Here are just a few:Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Coronavirus (COVID-19)
Helping Children Cope with Emergencies
Coping with a Disaster or Traumatic EventWorld Health Organization (WHO)

Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV)
Coping with stress during the 2019-nCoV outbreak
Helping children cope with stress during the 2019-nCoV outbreakSubstance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)

Coping with Stress During Infectious Disease Outbreaks
Tips for Social Distancing, Quarantine, And Isolation During An Infectious Disease Outbreak
First Responders and Disaster Responders Resource Portal

Coping with Loneliness During Social Distancing

You are not alone. Although practicing distancing is encouraged, complete isolation should not be your goal. Staying active and connected to a supportive community are great ways to help you avoid relapse, remain focused on your recovery journey, and cope with feelings of loneliness or depression.

Do not hesitate to contact your support system.

Talk about your concerns and feelings with someone you trust over a phone or video call. Try using video calling platforms like Zoom or FaceTime to humanize the conversation.

Seek help with online resources.

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Focus on your recovery plan.

Stay positive and proactive. Avoid temptations by setting daily reminders of your recovery goals each day and actively working towards what makes you your happiest and healthiest self.

Stay active.

Challenge yourself to a structured daily routine. Include fun activities like family time, watching your favorite show, cooking dinner or reading a new book. If you still find yourself with too much free time, try learning a new hobby like yoga, blogging, painting, or dancing.

LRADAC is the designated alcohol abuse and drug abuse authority for Lexington and Richland Counties of South Carolina. The public, not-for-profit agency offers a wide array of prevention, intervention and treatment programs in locations convenient to residents of both counties. The agency has a budget of approximately $10 million and serves more than 5,000 clients per year.