Supporting Your Mental Health During a Pandemic

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The outbreak of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) may be stressful—it can be difficult to cope with fear and anxiety, changing daily routines, and a general sense of uncertainty. Although people respond to stressful situations in different ways, taking steps to care for yourself and your family can help you manage stress.


Stress during an infectious disease outbreak can include: Fear and worry about your own health and the health of your loved ones; changes in sleep or eating patterns; difficulty sleeping or concentrating; worsening of chronic health problems; and increased use of alcohol, tobacco, or other drugs.


Things you can do to support your mental health

  • Take breaks from the news

  • Take care of your body

  • Make time to unwind

  • Connect with others

  • Set goals and priorities

  • Focus on the facts


"Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.  And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus."  (Philippians 4:6-7 NIV)


For more information visit the National Institute of Mental Health


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