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Coping with COVID-19 Uncertainty

TIPS FOR COPING WITH THE UNCERTAINTY OF THE COVID-19 PUBLIC HEALTH CRISIS

It is not uncommon to be experiencing general fear and anxiety regarding the current COVID-19 public health crisis.  This confusion and uncertainty can be compounded by conflicting “facts” and misinformation coming from various official sources.

As with any real or perceived traumatic event, we all react in different ways when dealing with emotional stress.  There is no one “right” way to react and emotions can include fear, anger, helplessness, and sadness.  It is normal to find yourself having difficulty concentrating or making decisions.  Physically, you may feel fatigued, have difficulty sleeping, or notice changes in your appetite.

 It is always a good idea to maintain your normal routine in times of uncertainty.  Physical activity is one of the best ways to reduce stress.  Keep connected to your social support resources and reach out to people who care, which can include friends, family, and clergy.  Think about limiting your exposure to media reports if you need a break from the news.  Incorporate activities you find relaxing and enjoyable.

More information on COVID-19 may be found at https://dps.utah.edu/coronavirus/.   

 

TIPS ON COPING WITH EMOTIONAL STRESS

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Last Updated: 6/25/20