During a pandemic like the coronavirus, it is important to take care of your emotional health. Pay attention to how you and your family members are feeling and acting. Taking care of your emotional health will help you think clearly and react to urgent needs to protect yourself and your loved ones. Follow these tips to help you and your family.
Steps to Care for Yourself
Take Care of Your Body
Try to eat healthy, exercise regularly, get plenty of sleep, and avoid alcohol and other drugs.
Share your feelings with a friend or family member. Maintain relationships and rely on your support system.
Make time to unwind. Try to return to activities that you enjoy.
Watch for news updates from reliable officials.
Avoid excessive exposure to media coverage of the event.
Ask for Help
Talk to a counselor or doctor about how you are feeling or contact the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA’s) Disaster Distress Hotline: 1-800-985-5990 or text TalkWithUs to 66746.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. “Coping with a Disaster or Traumatic Event.” https://emergency.cdc.gov/coping/selfcare.asp.