What you may be experiencing
Stress is the result of pressures or tensions and how our body responds to them. Stress can cause feelings of unease, anxiety, frustration, nervousness, fearfulness or helplessness. When stressed, you may notice changes in your sleep, appetite or energy level. Feeling stressed is normal, especially during a crisis.
You may experience stress for a variety of reasons during this time, such as increased caregiving responsibilities, financial challenges, or health concerns.
Stress can be overwhelming and affect your mental and physical health.
What you can do
Take a deep breath and relax. Even five minutes to take care of yourself can help.
Take a walk, stretch or attend a virtual exercise class.
While doing an activity you enjoy, focus on the here-and-now.
Maintain connections with others.
Call, video chat, or reach out to friends and family.
Create a daily routine that includes rest, exercise, and regular meals.
Seek support from friends, family, and trusted organizations.
- Talk about your feelings with others.
- Consider creating a plan together with family and friends for how you may help one another or share responsibilities.
- Reach out to clergy or others in your faith community
Seek help from a professional if your stress becomes overwhelming or feels unmanageable.
- Talk to your doctor about how you are feeling.
- Find mental health services: Mental Health America
Page Last Reviewed: April 16, 2021