Coping with COVID-19 Related Stress

Pay Attention to Your Reactions

It is normal to experience stress, anger, anxiety and fear during a crisis.  Being aware of your reactions can help you decide what you need to cope with these feelings.

The State of Michigan has started a crisis hotline to help support those struggling with Covid-19.  For support you can call 888-733-7753 between the hours of 7am and 2am. 

Be Kind to Each Other

Remember that Covid-19 does not recognize race, nationality, or ethnicity.  Wearing a mask does not mean a person is ill.  Being compassionate is the best thing we can do for ourselves and our community.

Take a Break and Relax

There is life outside of the current crisis.  Make sure to schedule a break and relax or do things you enjoy such as meditation, listening to music, coloring, etc.  Different coping strategies work for different people, use what has worked for you in the past.

Maintain a Healthy Routine

It is important to maintain your regular schedule for sleeping, eating, studying, working, socializing, etc.  Don't use smoking, alcohol, or other drugs to cope with your stress.  This may reduce your body's capacity to heal itself.

Limit Information

Too much information leads to overload and more stress, so try to limit your exposure to news and information regarding the virus.  Choose a reputable and non-sensational news source such as the CDC.

Connect with Others

When in distress, you may feel lonely and isolated in what you are going through.  You can benefit from connection with others where you can provide and receive support from each other.  Talk to your friends and family over social media and phone.

Additional Self-help Resources

Please review self-help for ways to manage stress, panic and anxiety