6 ways to deal with stress during the coronavirus outbreak


195 days ago

Fear and anxiety during the current coronavirus outbreak can be overwhelming. Understand that it completely normal to feel sad, stressed, confused, scared or angry during a crisis.

Here are six tips to help support yourself and loved ones.

Connect with others

If you're feeling especially anxious, talk to people you trust can help. Reach out to your friends and family.

Even though we’re practising social distancing, it’s still very important to stay connected.

Maintain a healthy lifestyle

Ensure that you have a keep proper diet, sleep, exercise and social contact with loved ones at home and by email, social media and phone with other family and friends.

Take care of your mental health

Don’t use smoking, alcohol or other drugs to deal with your emotions.

If you feel overwhelmed, talk to a health worker or counsellor. Have a plan, where to go to and how to seek help for physical and mental health needs if required.

Get the facts

Gather information that will help you accurately determine your risk so that you can take reasonable precautions.

Find a credible source you can trust such as WHO and the NICD.

Unplug from media

Limit worry and agitation by lessening the time you and your family spend watching or listening to media coverage that you perceive as upsetting.

Use healthy coping mechanisms

Draw on skills you have used in the past that have helped you to manage previous life’s adversities and use those skills to help you manage your emotions during the challenging time of this outbreak.

Source: World Health Organization

This article first appeared on KFM : 6 ways to deal with stress during the coronavirus outbreak

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