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Pandemic Anxiety & Stress
How to Cope

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Worrying about all the news on COVID-19 and the illness it causes? Well, that makes good sense. There are so many unknowns and misinformation that it may be difficult to cope. Here you will find a list of helpful resources.

Mental Health and Coping during COVID Center for Disease Control www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/daily-life-coping/managing-stress-anxiety.html

The Covid-19 pandemic can be stress full for people.  Fear and anxiety about a new and unknown disease can be overwhelming for adults and for children. Social distancing can make people feel isolated and lonely.  Coping with stress in a healthy way will make you and the people you care about stronger. This CDC website offers tools for handling stress and were to receive professional help when needed.

Stay Home, Stay Mindful with Headspace         
https://www.headspace.com/mi
Governor Whitmer has partnered with Headspace, the popular mindfulness app, to offer Michigan residents free meditation, sleep, and movement exercises.  

Mindfulness practice can:

  • Improve quality of sleep
  • Reduce stress 
  • Boost compassion and resilience
  • Reduce negative emotions

From Apps to Expert Advice, Invaluable Resources for Well-Being During the Coronavirus Pandemic University of California San Francisco
www.ucsf.edu/news/2020/04/417166/apps-expert-advice-invaluable-resources-well-being-during-coronavirus-pandemic
Our routines have definitely been disrupted, and so it became important to find ways to restructure our lives to ensure not just physical but mental health and wellness.  This article explains the impact this pandemic has made on our lives and provides helpful suggestions. 

In addition, you will get recommendations for helpful apps and web resources:

  • Useful Wellness and Mental Health Apps
  • Online Mindfulness Resources
  • Resources for Clinical Anxiety and Mental Health Issues
  • Resources for Families
  • Maintaining Wellness for Older Adults and Caregivers
  • Practical Resources for Low-Income & Other Groups

Coronavirus Corner – Helpful Expert Tips and Resources to Manage Anxiety
adaa.org/finding-help/coronavirus-anxiety-helpful-resources

The Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA) created this resource page - updated daily - to provide helpful tips to help those who are struggling with coping and anxiety issues relating to the pandemic as well as general anxiety concerns. Here you will find blog posts and videos containing information you may need about the virus and helpful tips about how to prevent anxiety.

Free Online Meditation Resources for Times of Social Distancing / COVID-19 
www.awakenetwork.com
The Awake Network compiled and updates this comprehensive list of web resources of free mindfulness meditation teachings, practices, and other resources by compassionate teachers and organizations.

Here is a listing of only a few:

  • Being resilient during coronavirus
  • COVID-19: tools for support, compassion, and mindfulness
  • Guide to well-being
  • Free yoga and mindfulness for children and teens