The outbreak of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) may be stressful for people. Fear and anxiety about a disease can be overwhelming and cause strong emotions in adults and children. Coping with stress will make you, the people you care about, and your community stronger.

Connect with family and friends

One of the best sources of support are your family and friends. Connect with them or other cancer patients and let them know your concerns and how you are feeling. One way to connect with them is virtually through a website or app:

Here are other things you can do to reduce stress and anxiety:

  • Take breaks from watching, reading, or listening to news stories, including social media. Hearing about the pandemic repeatedly can be upsetting.
  • Take care of your body. Take deep breaths, stretch, or meditate. Eat healthy, well-balanced meals. Exercise, get plenty of sleep and avoid alcohol.
  • Make time to unwind. Try to do other activities you enjoy.