It is important to acknowledge our fears and uncertainties during unprecedented times. They are normal human responses or reactions (up to a certain extent) to any threats of our well-being. Taking care of our spiritual and emotional health is necessary. It helps us stay composed and respond to urgent needs to protect ourselves, our families and communities.
Stress during an infectious disease outbreak can include:
• EXCESSIVE fear and worries
• Changes in sleep or eating patterns
• Difficulty sleeping or concentrating
• Worsening of chronic health problems
• Increased use of alcohol, tobacco, or other drugs
Things we can do:
• Stay informed, but avoid too much exposure to news. Take breaks from watching, reading, or listening to news stories, including social media. Hearing about the pandemic repeatedly can be upsetting;
• Eat healthy, well-balanced meals, exercise regularly, get plenty of sleep, and avoid alcohol and drugs;
• Make time to unwind. Try to do some other activities we enjoy within the confines of our homes;
• Connect with others, if needed. Talk with people we trust about our concerns and feelings;
• Unwind and remind ourselves that strong feelings, as well as difficult times, will eventually fade away.
• Nourish our sense of solitude!
Reference: CDC, Coping with Stress During an Outbreak