Mental Health: Coping with Your Feelings

By WISE National

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In response to the pandemic, many people are experiencing depression, anxiety and fear, and the reasons of these feelings can vary. For working adults, these feelings may be the result of job loss or financial insecurity. For college graduates, they may arise from an unstable job market. And for older adults, these feelings may originate from more rigid social-distancing practices and general worry about COVID-19

Though we may not be able to fully carry out our daily routines as we once knew them, keeping some aspects of previous routines and incorporating new ones is one way to help us deal with the feelings we currently have. "Try to find some predictability where you can," Dr. Andrea Bonoir wrote for Psychology Today. "Little aspects of keeping our routine can help us feel calmer."

For more guidance on assessing, coping with and better understanding what you're feeling, below is a selection of resources we found. Please note that these resources are not a replacement for professional help. Reach out to your primary care physician or a licensed therapist to discuss the proper treatment for you. The American Psychological Association and Psychology Today offer directories, searchable by location, for psychologists, psychiatrists and therapists. 

Coping with Stress PDF. Coping with stress during the 2019-nCoV outbreak:

It is normal to feel sad, stressed, confused, scared or angry during a crisis.
Talking to people you trust can help. Contact your friends and family. 
If you must stay at home, maintain a healthy lifestyle - including proper diet, sleep, exercise and social contacts with loved ones at home and by email and phone with other family and friends. 
Don't use smoking, alcohol or other drugs to deal with your emotions. 
If you feel overwhelmed, talk to a health worker or counsellor. Have a plan, where to go to and how to seek help for physical and mental health needs if required. 
Get the facts. Gather information that will help you accurately determine your risk so that you can take reasonable precautions. Find a credible source you can trust such as WHO website or, a local or state public health agency. 
Limit worry and agitation by lessening the time you and your family spend watching or listening to media coverage that you perceive as upsetting. 
Draw on skills you have used in the past that have helped you to manage previous life's adversities and use those skills to help you manage your emotions during the challenging time of his outbreak.

Source: Coping with Stress - Coronavirus Information PDF