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Tips For Coping With The Stress Of COVID-19

This is a challenging time. With so much media coverage and buzz around COVID-19 we understand how easy it can be to feel anxious or overwhelmed. This is a completely normal response to a stressful situation, because we all need to be aware and alert so we can best take care of ourselves and each other. But if these feelings start to become unmanageable or are interfering with your day-to-day life, here are some tips that can help.

Take a step back from the news cycle. 

Good news doesn’t sell. We live in a world of 24-hour news coverage but networks often choose to focus on the most shocking or alarming information instead of providing a balanced overview of the unfolding events. We recommend seeking information and facts from reputable health sources so you can take practical steps to protect yourself and loved ones.

Focus on getting the facts. 

When you’re looking for fact-based, expert guidance and advice, the best people to turn to are epidemiologists, virologists, and public health officials. We recommend that you regularly visit the following reputable sites for reliable facts, updates and information:

Take care of your body and mind. 

A little bit of anxiety is good for helping us focus and act appropriately, but too much of it can have a negative effect on our minds and bodies. We recommend setting aside a little time for yourself every day to do things like stretching, breathing exercises or meditation. These activities can help ease the stress you may be feeling. 

Stay connected if you’re working remotely. 

Thankfully, we live in a digital world. If you’re working from home or need to self-isolate, you can stay connected to work, family and friends through email, social media, video conference and telephone.

Reach out and talk to others. 

Sometimes, just speaking with others about your fears and worries can be enough to ease your mind. Speaking with experts is always best, as they’ll give you calm, rational and unbiased facts that won’t stoke your fears or anxiety. 

Lean on the resources available to you in your League app. 

We’re here to support your health and well-being during these uncertain times. There are many programs, tools and resources in your app that can help you manage anxiety and stress and put your mind at ease. We hope you’ll lean on us for support.

  • League Health Concierge: Chat with a health professional in real time for questions and guidance about your well-being. 
  • Marketplace apps, support and resources: Find apps like Brain.fm and Simple Habit for meditation, Inkblot for virtual counselling, and other programs and resources to promote self-care, mindfulness and resilience. 
  • League Health Programs: Start a Health Program that focuses on taking small steps every day to improve your mental well-being. You’ll find programs to help manage anxiety, exercise mindfulness, and take care of your holistic health.

 

 

References used for this blog post:

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/about/coping.html 

https://www.who.int/docs/default-source/coronaviruse/mental-health-considerations.pdf?sfvrsn=6d3578af_2

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