Oakland County, Michigan/COVID-19/Residents/Mental Health/Coping with Stress and Anxiety

Coping with Stress and Anxiety

The Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Pandemic may be stressful for people and communities. Increased fear and anxiety, isolation and feeling disconnected can cause strong emotions in both adults and children. Protecting one’s mental health is very important at this time.

 Tips to cope with added stress and anxiety during this time

​Stay informed

Rely on trusted sources of information, like your state and local health departments and the CDC, for updates.

Avoid too much exposure to news

Take breaks from watching, reading, or listening to news stories or going on social media, especially if it is upsetting you.​

Take care of your body

Eat well-balanced meals, exercise regularly, and get plenty of sleep. Avoid alcohol, tobacco, and excessive caffeine.

Take medications as prescribed

Talk to your prescriber if you have any issues with your medication.

Connect with others

Use phone calls or online chat and video options, like Skype or Google Hangouts, if you are in isolation. Share your feelings with a friend or family member.

Engage in pleasurable and meaningful activities

Read a book, watch a movie, play games with your children, or work on a craft project. Depend on the activities that you’ve previously enjoyed or try something new.

Develop a self-care plan

Identify your self-care needs and include activities that make you feel safe and supported. Examples may includerelaxation techniques, positive self-talk, and social support. Review your self-care plan with your mental health provider or a trusted friend.

Go outside

If you have access to the outdoors, take a walk or visit a local park. Be sure to maintain a six-foot distance between yourself and others.

Look out for these common signs of distress

  • Feelings of numbness, disbelief, anxiety or fear
  • Changes in appetite, energy, and activity levels
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Difficulty sleeping or nightmares and upsetting thoughts and images
  • Physical reactions, such as headaches, body pains, stomach problems, and skin rashes
  • Worsening of chronic health problems
  • Anger or short temper
  • Increased use of alcohol, tobacco, or other drugs

Seek help when needed

If the signs of distress listed above impact activities of your daily life for several days or weeks, talk to a counselor or doctor.

Contact Oakland Community Health Network’s Access line at 248.464.6363 for mental health and substance use disorder recovery resources or call the number on the back of your insurance card.
We are in this together, and help is always available. If you’re having thoughts of suicide, feeling alone and struggling, call or text the Common Ground Resource and Crisis Helpline at 1-800-231-1127 or chat online 24 hours a day, 7 days a week on the Common Ground website.
Crisis text line available for mental health support. Text RESTORE to 741741.