Tips shared to reduce COVID-19 anxiety
People may be experiencing increased amounts of stress and anxiety due to the COVID-19 outbreak. Crow Wing County Community Services offers tips that may be helpful in dealing with these emotions.
- Do what you can to reduce your risk (wash your hands, stay at home, cover your cough and practice social distancing). Take comfort that by doing so you are caring for yourself and others.
- Stay connected with family and friends using technology (like video chat).
- Allow yourself to take breaks from looking at social media and listening to, reading or watching the news. Use reputable sources of news (like the Centers for Disease Control and Minnesota Department of Health) and avoid speculation and rumors.
- Get outside! Walk, ride bike or go for a run.
Find additional information and resources on coronavirus anxiety using the following links:
- MDH Behavioral Health & Emergency Preparedness: https://www.health.state.mn.us/communities/ep/behavioral/index.html
- CDC - Manage Anxiety & Stress: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prepare/managing-stress-anxiety.html
Remember you are resilient and so is humankind. We can get through this.
If you are experiencing emotional distress or a mental health crisis, reach out to any of the following resources:
- SAMHSA’s Disaster Distress Helpline: 1-800-985-5990 (English and Spanish).
- National Suicide Prevention Hotline: 1-800-273-TALK (8255).
- Crisis Text Line: Text “MN” to 741741.