WARSAW — News of the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak can cause fear and anxiety. When things feel uncertain or when we don’t generally feel safe, it’s normal to feel stressed. If you are struggling, here are some things you can do to take care of your mental health in the face of uncertainty:
- Separate what is in your control from what is not.
Wash your hands. Remind others to wash theirs. Limit you and your family’s exposure to news coverage and social media.
- Do what helps you feel a sense of safety.
This is different for everyone, and it is important not to compare yourself to others.
- Challenge yourself to stay in the present.
When you find yourself worrying about something that hasn’t happened, gently bring yourself back to the present. Engage in mindfulness activities to help stay grounded when things seem beyond your control.
- Stay connected and reach out if you need more support.
Talk to trusted friends about what you are feeling. If you are feeling anxious or you are struggling with your mental health, it’s okay to reach put to a mental health professional for support.
For more information call Bowen Center at (800) 342-5653.