Stress and Coping with COVID-19
Taking care of yourself, your family and your friends can actually help
cope with your own stress.
Ways to help care for yourself
- • 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.
Try to eat healthy, well-balanced meals, exercise regularly, get plenty
of sleep, and avoid alcohol and drugs.
- • Make time to unwind. Try to do some other activities you enjoy.
- • Connect with others. Talk with people you trust about your concerns
and how you are feeling
The Louisiana Department of Health's Office of Behavioral Health has
established a 24 hour hotline, Keep Calm Through COVID, at
1-866-310-7977 to help people cope with the emotions and stress they may be experiencing
at this time. The hotline is available seven days a week. All calls are
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