The COVID-19 pandemic has had a major effect on our lives. Many of us are facing challenges that can be stressful, overwhelming, and cause strong emotions. Learning to cope with stress in a healthy way will make you, the people you care about, and those around you become more resilient. Check out our tools and resources here that can help yourself, others, and your community manage stress. To get started, download the “Where to Begin – Your Personal Emotional Health Workbook.” Fill out this workbook to determine your values and purpose, and decide where you would like to get started with your journey on emotional health.
Managing your Emotions
Healthy Ways to Cope with Stress
Take breaks from watching, reading, or listening to news stories, including those on social media. It’s good to be informed, but hearing about the pandemic constantly can be upsetting. Consider limiting news to just a couple times a day and disconnecting from phone, TV, and computer screens for a while.
Take deep breaths, stretch, or meditate.
Get plenty of sleep.
Avoid excessive alcohol, tobacco, and substance use.
Continue with routine preventive measures (such as vaccinations, cancer screenings, etc.) as recommended by your healthcare provider.
Get vaccinated with a COVID-19 vaccine when available.
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.
Connect with your community—or faith—based organizations. While social distancing measures are in place, try connecting online, through social media, or by phone or mail.