Ways to cope with stress (CDC)
An infectious illness outbreak such as COVID-19 can be stressful to you and your loved ones. These feelings of being overwhelmed, sad, anxious, and afraid are natural. To reduce you stress and help manage the situation, these simple steps may be helpful:
- Take breaks from watching reading, or listening to news stories, including social media. Hearing about the pandemic repeatedly can be upsetting.
- Take care of your body
- Take deep breaths, stretch, or meditate.
- Try to eat health, well-balanced meals.
- Exercise regularly, get plenty of sleep.
- Avoid alcohol and drugs.
- Make time to unwind. Try to do some other activities you enjoy.
- Identify what you are feeling and use healthy coping skills.
- Recognize feelings of loss are normal and there are ways to cope.
- Connect with others. Talk with people you trust about your concerns and how you are feeling.
Talk to a professional
The North Dakota Department of Behavioral Health has partnered with Lutheran Social Services to provide crisis counseling during this time. Call 701-223-1510 to speak with a trained counselor who will be there to listen, support, and offer referrals Monday-Friday, 8am-5pm or fill out our contact us form.
For additional community resources on Substance Use Disorders, please visit https://www.behavioralhealth.nd.gov/about-us/addiction
For additional family resources, please visit the ND Behavioral Health Parents Lead website
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