What mental health issues can arise as a result of COVID-19?
Public health emergencies, such as COVID-19 (Coronavirus), can lead to stress, anxiety, inability to focus and more. All are natural responses to dealing with life’s day-to-day pressures.
If I am feeling anxious about COVID-19, what can I do about it?
- Take control of the situation – implement preventive measures to limit susceptibility to COVID-19, such as washing your hands; not touching your eyes, nose and mouth; and disinfecting your home and work area.
- Take care of yourself – eat nutritious food, exercise, limit alcohol consumption and make sleep a priority. Stay connected with family and friends so that you’re not socially isolated.
- Stay informed by learning the facts – the news isn’t always accurate. Be sure to get your information from authoritative sources, such as the CDC and the WHO.
- Think about the impact you have on others – be sure to care for yourself and take preventative measures more seriously. Communicating with family and friends about those measures is a form of positively affecting others.
- Limit your media exposure to coronavirus news – today’s news cycle is 24 hours, and the exposure can be overwhelming, regardless of the topic.
- Let it go – don’t dwell on what may or may not happen regarding COVID-19. Change what you can and let the rest take its course. Refocus your mind and think only about positive things.
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