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COVID-19 has impacted our lives and is taking a toll on everyone’s mental health. Fear and anxiety about this new disease and the related consequences can be overwhelming. In addition, practicing social distancing, which helps prevent spread of the virus, can increase feelings of isolation and loneliness. This blog contains useful information and resources from our trusted partners.

Feeling stressed or anxious about the COVID-19 pandemic?

Use these tips to reduce your stress and anxiety:

  • Limit or avoid news coverage if it causes you more stress and anxiety.
  • Focus on positive things in your life that you can control.
  • Keep stress under control by exercising, eating healthy, reading, or by trying relaxation techniques such as yoga.
  • Talk about your experiences and feelings to loved ones and friends, if you find it helpful.
  • Connect with others who may be experiencing stress about the pandemic.
  • Take time to renew your spirit through meditation, prayer, or helping others in need.

RESOURCES:
Family & Children’s Agency can provide you with:

  • Information
  • Education
  • Emotional support
  • Links to resources

And if you are interested in talking with someone, the agency employs a Crisis Counselor for assistance with:

  • Recognizing common reactions to disasters
  • Building coping skills for the recovery process
  • Managing disaster-related stress

Services are confidential, anonymous and free.
Contact Sheila Hughes at 203-523-5375 or FamilyandChildrensAgency.org

For more COVID-19 information and resources, dial 2-1-1.

If you are feeling overwhelmed with emotions such as sadness, depression, anxiety, or feel like you want to harm yourself or someone else, call 911 or the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255.