As we attempt to navigate the fears and anxieties wrought by COVID-19, please keep in mind that some strategies for managing stress may feel helpful in the short-term but can have aggregate negative long- term consequences. Balance short-term relief from fear/anxiety/stress with monitoring the impact of these strategies on your overall mental health.
- Reliance on tobacco, alcohol, and/or drugs to manage stress and emotions.
- Constant worrying (i.e., thinking repeatedly) about the risks or negative consequences of COVID-19. This is different than recommended preparedness from CDC.
- Co-ruminating (i.e., worrying out-loud with others) can lead to increased intensity of strong emotions.
- Over exposure to news in the form of compulsivley checking social media feeds, browsing websites, and even availing oneself of fact based news sources can be triggering.
- Impulsive or high-risk behavior that reduces stress in short-term only (e.g., excessive spending,gambling, etc.).
Until tomorrow, Keep Calm and Carry On.