Coping With Stress During COVID-19

Information from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) 

Please note: 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 call:  

  • 911 

  • Disaster Distress Helpline: 800-985-5990 

  • Text ‘TalkWithUs’ to 66746 (TTY 800-846-8517) 

COVID-19 has caused considerable stress, fear, and anxiety for both adults and children. Older people, people at higher risk for COVID-19, teens, children, first responders, and those with mental health conditions may be more susceptible to these feelings.  

What are some symptoms of stress?  

Fear and worry about your health and your loved ones, changes in sleep and eating, difficulty sleeping or concentrating, worsening of chronic health problems, and increased use of alcohol, tobacco, or drugs. 

What can I do to support myself and others?  

  • Take breaks from media, including news stories and social media.  

  • Take care of your body through deep breaths, stretching, meditation, eating healthy meals, exercising, sleeping, and avoiding alcohol and drugs.  

  • Unwind through activities you enjoy.  

  • Connect with others. Talk to people you trust and use technology to connect with loved ones you may not be able to visit.  

More guidance on coping with stress can be found on the CDC website.