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Office for Aging

Posted on: April 30, 2020

Coping with Stress


Coping with Stress

Older people are at higher risk for severe illness from COVID-19 which may result in increased stress during a crisis. Here are a few things you can do to cope with that stress:

  • Hearing about the pandemic repeatedly can be upsetting. Take breaks from: watching the news, reading newspapers,listening to news stories,reviewing social media
  • Make time to unwind. Take breaks from: Try to do some other activities you enjoy.
  • Connect with others. Use video chat instead of face-to-face meetings. Talk with people you trust about your concerns and how you are feeling.
  • Call your healthcare provider if stress gets in the way of your daily activities for several days in a row.
  • 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.


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