The COVID-19 pandemic can bring up a lot of different emotions including fear, anxiety and stress. According to the CDC, stress can manifest in many different ways including:
- Fear and worry about your own health and the health of your loved ones
- Changes in sleep or eating patterns
- Difficulty sleeping or concentrating
- Worsening of chronic health problems
- Worsening of mental health conditions
- Increased use of alcohol, tobacco, or other drugs
If you are experiencing these signs of stress consider:
- Take breaks from watching, reading, or listening to news stories.
- Unplug from social media
- Make time to unwind.
- Take care of your body.
- Connect with others. Talk with people you trust about your concerns and how you are feeling. You can call a friend or family member or contact the Shawnee County Community Cares Line at 1-800-972-8199, Monday – Friday 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.