7 Actions You Can Take TODAY to Manage COVID-19 Stress
by Dr. Dave Miers, Ph.D, LIPC
Counseling and Program Development Manager
Mental Health Services Administration
Bryan Medical Center
- Practice self-care through breathing and relaxation. Take a few minutes every day to take some deep breaths and think positive thoughts.
- Start a journal, and after thinking positive thoughts, take it a step further and write them down.
- Stay connected. Right now, it's important to keep distance, but that doesn't mean people can't connect through social media, texts or phone calls.
- Find someone trusted to share feelings of stress and anxiety with, talk about what you're feeling to really process those thoughts.
- Have some fun. Watch a favorite movie, go for a walk, play a game, etc.
- Don't overexpose yourself to too much information about the pandemic. It's important to stay informed, but don't over-indulge.
- Continue doing the big three: exercise (at home or outside, not at local gyms), maintain a healthy diet and get a good night's sleep.
4 Ways Parents Can Help Their Children Cope
- Answer children's questions and talk about the pandemic and current situation with them.
- Assure your children they are safe and that your family and community are prepared to handle the situation.
- Limit children's exposure to social media and news coverage of the pandemic.
- Keep a structure in their lives, help them plan a routine for their day, just like they'd have if they were at school.
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