It’s normal to feel anxious, frightened, or worried about a public emergency, particularly when it concerns your health or that of your loved ones.
It can be stressful to feel out of control, especially when normal routines are disrupted. The better informed you are, the more prepared you are. Make sure that you follow news from reputable sources and avoid rumors and panic-mongering that can sometimes happen on social media.
Keep phone numbers and emails handy for your family members, key work contacts, your doctor and your insurer.
Keep a list of prescription drugs for every family member.
With social disruption, it’s normal to be worried about work security and money issues. Many are experiencing temporary job disruptions or worry that they might in the future. Federal and state government agencies are planning packages that will provide help resources and financial assistance such as unemployment, but these are still in early stages. The most immediate source of help is your state and local governments.
To deal with stress, increase activities that calm you:
- Meditating or praying.
- Watching movies.
- Engaging in home hobbies.
- Talking to a friend or loved one on the phone or writing letters.
- Limit exposure to news, particularly if it distresses you.