Tips for Families: Managing Stress & Anxiety

Everyone reacts differently.  How we respond to the outbreak can depend on our culture, background, the things that make us different from other people, and the community we live in.  Finding healthy ways to cope with stress will make us, the people we care about, and our community stronger.

Support yourself and others
  • 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, and do something that fits for you spiritually or religiously. Connect with others, talk with people we trust about our concerns and how we are feeling
  • And, call your healthcare provider if stress gets in the way of our daily activities for several days in a row
  • Deal with your own anxiety, talk with your kids, ask how they are feeling, share relevant information, limit screen time, and let them know we’re using social distance so fewer people get sick
Additional Resources:
Crisis Support:  If you, or someone you care about are feeling overwhelmed or want to harm yourself or others help is available.
Call 911 in an emergency
Warm line at 651-288-0400 or text “Support” to 85511
Crisis line at 218-623-1800, Dial 2 for crisis
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255)
Crisis Lifeline by texting MN to 741741
SAMHSA Disaster Distress Helpline at 1-800-985-5990

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