With the COVID-19 Pandemic
Our rapidly changing public health situation evokes a wide range of expectable emotional reactions in all of us.
Many people are experiencing symptoms of stress, which may include:
- Shock, feeling unreal, emotionally detached, or numb
- Anxiety which may include shortness of breath, rapid heart rate, and other panic attack symptoms
- Hopelessness or feeling a lack of purpose in work and/or academics
- Difficulty concentrating or making decisions
- Increased irritability or anger
- Crying more often than usual
- Sleep problems
- Increased or decreased appetite
- Feeling more fatigued
- Headache, stomach ache or other pain
- Use of alcohol or substances to cope with stress
Others are also struggling with reactions specific to the COVID-19 outbreak, including:
- Anxiety about you and/or loved ones getting ill
- Preoccupation with possible signs/symptoms of illness
- Social withdrawal or feeling alone and isolated
- Anger and/or lack of trust in people and systems
- Media and information overload
There are many ways to cope. Remind yourself continually of what you CAN control and see the additional ideas below.
With knowledge, tools, and the support of others, you can navigate this uncertain time.
For specific support and resources related to COVID, download the COVID Coach App.
For other helpful apps, see my list of Suggested Apps.
And for further exploration, check out:
Shine’s Virus Anxiety Toolkit
From the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, Taking Care of Your Mental Health in the Face of Uncertainty
From the NY Times, A Brain Hack to Break the Coronavirus Anxiety Cycle
From The Conversation, 7 Science-Based Strategies to Cope with Coronavirus Anxiety
From Onbeing, A Listening Care Package for Uncertain Times (a collection of podcasts and poetry)
From Yoga Journal, Stressed About Coronavirus? Here’s How Yoga Can Help
From Lizzo, A Meditation and Mantra to Promote Global Healing (30m)
From Yo-Yo Ma, Songs of Comfort
From NPR and Spotify, A Playlist with 6 Hours of Soothing Music
Adapted from the information Dr. Saler gathered from others and created for the Pace University Counseling Center website.