The outbreak of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) may be stressful for people. Fear and anxiety about a disease can be overwhelming and cause strong emotions in adults and children. Coping with stress will make you, the people you care about, and your community stronger.

Things you can do to support yourself

  • 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 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 you enjoy.
  • Connect with others. Talk with people you trust about your concerns and how you are feeling.

Call your healthcare provider if stress gets in the way of your daily activities for several days in a row.

The CDC website has tips and resources for coping with increased stress brought on by the coronavirus outbreak.

The National Alliance on Mental Illness is another great resource

Click here to review some tips from the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration Hotline(800) 662-HELP (4357)

Addiction Hotline: (800) 226-3111

Suicide Hotline(877) 273-8255

Eating Disorder Hotline(844) 228-2962

Self-Harm Hotline(877) 455-0628

Domestic Violence Hotline(800) 799-7233