Coping with COVID-19

The outbreak of COVID-19 is stressful for many people.

Fear and anxiety about a disease can be overwhelming and cause strong emotions. Coping with stress will make you, the people you care about, and your community stronger.  Watching the news, and especially the uncertainty, can raise concerns. Staying informed is a good idea, but follow reports from trusted sources instead of rumors. Your first resource is always your health care provider.  During this challenging time, Behavioral Health and Recovery Services (BHRS) would like to encourage our community members and staff to take care of themselves and stay attuned to physical, mental, and emotional health needs.  Here are some resources that can help:

Things you can do to support yourself:

  • Take breaks from watching, reading, or listening to news stories, including social media. Hearing about the pandemic repeatedly 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.
  • Call your healthcare provider if stress gets in the way of your daily activities for several days in a row.

Online or phone support:

Staying emotionally connected as a community even if we temporarily become more physically isolated is critical to all our mental health. Online or phone support is available through a variety of free warm lines such as:

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