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Tips to Manage Anxiety and Stress During COVID-19 | Resident & Family Newsletter | Jun 2020

June 2020 | Be Well — Be Safe | View PDF

MONITOR YOURSELF FOR SYMPTOMS OF THE VIRUS

The COVID-19 pandemic affects everyone in different ways. Stress and anxiety has become normal for most, but we must take note and seek help when it gets out of hand.

SIGNS OF STRESS
  • 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
  • Mood changes or feeling down
  • Increased use of alcohol, tobacco, or other drugs
WAYS TO COPE WITH STRESS

Coping with stress will make you, the people you care about, and your community stronger.

  • Stay informed: refer to trusted sources (e.g. Health Canada and WHO) and stay informed on how to limit the spread of COVID-19. This will help reduce your anxiety about the unknown.
  • Make time to unwind. Learn a new hobby or try some other activities you enjoy (learning a new language online, knitting, painting).
  • Stay connected with family and friends. Talk with people you trust about your concerns and how you are feeling via phone, video calling, emailing or other technology.
  • Take care of your body:
  • Take breaks from watching, reading, or listening to the news including social media. While staying informed is important, focusing too much on “breaking news” can cause even more anxiety related to COVID-19.

References:
1. https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/daily-life-coping/managing-stress-anxiety.

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