COVID-19 ANXIETY-RELATED INFORMATION AND RESOURCES
Take the following steps to cope with a disaster:
- Take care of your body– Try to eat healthy well-balanced meals, exercise regularly, and get plenty of sleep. Avoid alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs. Learn more about wellness strategies for mental health.
- Connect with others– Share your concerns and how you are feeling with a friend or family member. Maintain healthy relationships, and build a strong support system.
- Take breaks– Make time to unwind and remind yourself that strong feelings will fade. Try taking in deep breaths. Try to do activities you usually enjoy.
- Stay informed– When you feel that you are missing information, you may become more stressed or nervous. Watch, listen to, or read the news for updates from officials. Be aware that there may be rumors during a crisis, especially on social media. Always check your sources and turn to reliable sources of information like your local government authorities.
- Avoid too much exposure to news– Take breaks from watching, reading, or listening to news stories. It can be upsetting to hear about the crisis and see images repeatedly. Try to do enjoyable activities and return to normal life as much as possible and check for updates between breaks.
- Seek help when needed – If distress impacts activities of your daily life for several days or weeks, talk to a clergy member, counselor, or doctor, or contact the SAMHSA helpline at 1-800-985-5990.
Look out for these common signs of distress:
- Feelings of numbness, disbelief, anxiety or fear.
- Changes in appetite, energy, and activity levels.
- Difficulty concentrating.
- Difficulty sleeping or nightmares and upsetting thoughts and images.
- Physical reactions, such as headaches, body pains, stomach problems, and skin rashes.
- Worsening of chronic health problems.
- Anger or short-temper.
- Increased use of alcohol, tobacco, or other drugs.
If you experience these feelings or behaviors for several days in a row and are unable to carry out normal responsibilities because of them, seek professional help.
Are you experiencing anxiety related to COVID-19?
Need Help? Know Someone Who Does? See the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Disaster Distress Helpline
- Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) details on the Disaster Distress Hotline
call 1-800-985-5990 or text TalkWithUs to 66746
- Anxiety and Depression Association of America provides a Lockdown Guide for How to Manage Anxiety and Isolation During Quarantine
- Mental Health America provides Mental Health And COVID-19 – Information And Resources
- National Alliance on Mental Illness “COVID-19 Resource and Information Guide”
- National Council for Behavioral Health Resources and Tools for Addressing Coronavirus (COVID-19)
- Psychhub COVID-19 Mental Health Resource Hub
Division of Substance Abuse and Mental Health Links
- Open the door to have a conversation, and to receive support. There is hope, and there is help. #HELPISHEREDE https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vmj8qNTpXRE&feature=youtu.be
- During this time of uncertainty, it’s important to remember you’re never alone and what you are feeling is normal #HELPISHEREDE https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OhlQi9OZscs&list=PLu1Vzpklw-4NdVkWjojxTv4MiaDLmuLn9
- No matter how hard things are, there is always someone willing to listen…#HELPISHEREDE https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vmj8qNTpXRE&feature=youtu.be
- No one needs to feel trapped. You can reach out in every situation. #HELPISHEREDE https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OhlQi9OZscs&list=PLu1Vzpklw-4NdVkWjojxTv4MiaDLmuLn9
- “What Delaware has done is opened the door to say, ‘how do we work together as a partnership where are treating both the family and the individuals who are struggling?’” You are never alone. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OhlQi9OZscs&list=PLu1Vzpklw-4NdVkWjojxTv4MiaDLmuLn9 #HELPISHEREDE