I can't think of a more widespread, stressful time for employees worried about their families, their travel plans, the economy, or how they're going to afford to miss time off work.
With the constant stream of information surrounding the coronavirus (COVID-19), it’s easy to feel stressed or anxious. But stress can weaken your immune system and make it harder for you to stay healthy. That’s why it’s so important to manage your stress and anxiety using healthy coping methods.
One of the easiest ways you can reduce stress and anxiety is to limit your exposure to things that trigger anxiety. Staying informed is important, but with so much new information coming out so rapidly on TV and social media, it’s important to set boundaries for when and how much news you read about the pandemic. This can help keep feelings of anxiety at bay.
It’s okay to feel overwhelmed, but keeping it inside can lead to more serious mental health consequences. Sharing your fears and anxieties with loved ones may help you feel less alone. Talking about your feelings with others can also help you cope.
For more on how to manage stress and anxiety in these uncertain times, check out this article.
Try and maintain some semblance of structure from the pre-quarantine days. For those individuals with children, sticking to a routine might be easier; however as you work from home, it could be tempting to fall into a more lethargic lifestyle, which could lead to negative thinking.