Public health emergencies, like the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic, can be stressful times for people and communities. While we strongly encourage you to continue with your regular exercise and activity, we also want you to know that your safety and health are important to us. Knowing what you can do to protect yourself is key to managing your health, but so is taking care of yourself, your friends and your family.
How to handle stress
Helping others cope with their stress can make your community stronger and boost your mood. We agree with this list from the CDC, which outlines many things you can do to manage your stress during this time.
- Take breaks from watching, reading, or listening to news stories, including social media. Repeatedly hearing about the pandemic can be upsetting.
- Take care of your body. Take deep breaths, stretch or meditate. Try to eat healthy, well-balanced meals, exercise regularly, get plenty of sleep, and avoid alcohol and drugs.
- Make time to unwind. Try to do some other activities you enjoy.
- Connect with others. Talk with people you trust about your concerns and how you are feeling.
- Know the facts and share them with others to help stop the spread of rumors.