Focus on Behavioral Health
Taking care of your behavioral health during an infectious disease outbreak is very important.
See tips for social distancing, quarantine and isolation to protect yourself and others
When we feel powerless, we often look for something — or someone — to blame.
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Learn how to support college students during a COVID-19 outbreak
Managing Stress and Anxiety
Living during an outbreak can be stressful for many different reasons. Learn the common signs of stress and how to recognize when to get help. You are not alone.
For those of us who already struggle with anxiety, living with this new uncertainty can be extra difficult. Fortunately, there are things you can do:
Take care of your mental health in times of uncertainty
See seven science-based strategies for coping with COVID-19 anxiety
See the CDC's tips for managing anxiety and stress during the COVID-19 outbreak
Should you or someone you know be in need of support by a mental health professional, contact your insurance company's behavioral health department for a referral, or find a licensed professional in your area.
Living during an outbreak can be stressful. Practicing healthy self care and coping is especially important as we attend to not only our physical needs, but mental and emotional needs as well.
Here are a few tips to help you stay grounded, healthy and connected (even from 6 feet away).
Pay Attention to Your Reactions
It is normal to experience stress, anger, anxiety and fear during a crisis. Being aware of your reactions can help you decide what you need to cope with these feelings.
Take a Break and Relax
There is life outside of the current COVID-19 outbreak. Make sure to schedule a break and relax. Continue to do things you enjoy, such as meditation, listening to music, coloring, etc. Different coping strategies work for different people, so use what has worked for you in previous times of stress.
Be Kind to Each Other
Remember that COVID-19 doesn't recognize race, nationality or ethnicity. Wearing a mask doesn't mean a person is ill. Being compassionate is the best thing we can do for ourselves and our communities.
Maintain a Healthy Routine
As much as possible, it's important to maintain your regular schedule for sleeping, eating, studying, working, socializing, etc. Don't use smoking, alcohol or other drugs to cope with your stress as these may reduce your body's capacity to heal itself.
Be Careful About Your Information Consumption
Too much information leads to overload and more stress, so try to limit your exposure to news and information regarding COVID-19. Choose a reputable and non-sensational news source, such as the CDC or King County Public Health.
Connect with Others
When in distress, you may feel lonely and isolated. You can benefit from connection with others where you can provide and receive support from each other. Stay in communication with friends and family through video chat and text — even if you have to self-isolate, quarantine, or are just practicing good social distancing to limit the spread of the virus.