Coronavirus: Feeling anxious? Here are ways to cope

If you have anxiety related to the coronavirus pandemic, here are some ways to help cope during the crisis, according to the Ohio Department of Health.

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  • Remember distress anxiety fear and strong emotions are normal during times of distress or crisis
  • Get information from a trusted source. Learn and follow tips for preparing for, responding to and preventing COVID-19.

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  • Avoid excessive media exposure -- get good information to help prepare and respond, but don't overwhelm yourself
  • Eat nutritious food, exercise, get good sleep, stay hydrated, avoid alcohol and drugs, make time to relax and unwind
  • Incorporate stretching or meditation into your routine. Take deep breaths when feeling overwhelmed.
  • Stay connected with friends and family. Discuss your concerns.
  • Keep participating in hobbies and activities that do not put you in close physical contact with others.
  • If you have a mental health condition, continue with treatment plan and call healthcare provider with any concerns,
  • Recognize signs of distress:
    • Feeling hopeless or helpless
    • Feelings of numbness, disbelief, anxiety or fear
    • Changes in appetite, energy and activity levels
    • Difficulty concentrating
    • Difficulty sleeping or nightmares and upsetting thoughts and images
    • Physical reactions, such as headaches, body pains stomach problems and skin rashes
    • Worsening of chronic health problems
    • Anger or short temper
    • Increased use of alcohol, tobacco or other drugs
  • Call your healthcare provider if your feelings overwhelm you for several days in a row
  • Reach out for help:
    • Contact Substance Abuse and Mental Health Service Administration's National Disaster Distress Helpline by calling 1-800-985-5990 or texting TalkWithUS to 66746.
    • Reach out to the Ohio Crisis Text Line by texting keyword 4HOPE to 741741
    • Reach the Ohio Mental Health and Addiction Services Help Line at 1-877-275-6364

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