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:
- For large groups: Zoom (iOS, Android, Mac, Windows)
Many simultaneous callers, strong admin controls. Face to face with up to 49 people.
- For small groups: Google Duo or Hangouts (iOS, Android, web)
Simple interface, uses existing Google account. Face to face with up to 8 people.
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.