Coping with Stress During an Infectious Disease Outbreak
It is certainly a stressful, uncertain time right now. Events and schools canceling. Stores running out of essentials. You may be finding that the social outlets that you normally rely on to help with stress relief are limited due to these cancellations and limitations. It is important that you continue to reach out and connect to people you can trust through the use of the telephone, email, text messaging and social media.
Practice Relaxation, Stay Informed
It also is important that you practice relaxation skills and find alternative ways to manage your stress as well as develop a clear understanding of the COVID-19 virus, all of which can reduce anxiety and depression symptoms. Below are several resources that will provide more information about the ideas suggested and more:
If you or a loved one are struggling and experiencing symptoms of extreme stress and are in a crisis situation call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (5233) or text the Crisis Text Line (Text “START” to 741-741). The Bryan Medical Center West Campus mental health emergency room is available 24/7 to determine if hospitalization is appropriate. If you are unsure about your symptoms, please take our free, confidential, online screening.