As the national health experts advise, now is the time to prepare, not panic. While it is normal to feel increased concern around coronavirus, here are some helpful ways to manage anxiety and stress through times of uncertainty.
Focus on the facts.
Look to reputable and expert resources and outlets to stay informed, including the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), World Health Organization (WHO) and National Institutes of Health (NIH).
Follow recommended health guidelines.
Basic preventive measures like washing hands for 20 seconds, avoiding touching eyes, nose and mouth too much, staying home while sick, avoiding close contact with people who are sick, and disinfecting frequently touched objects help prevent illness and exposure to this virus.
Maintain a sense of normalcy.
Follow typical routines, stay connected with friends and social networks, and continue daily activities that reduce stress and bring joy.
In times of uncertainty, the most important thing is to focus on what is in one’s control. Take reasonable measures to stay informed, follow hygienic practices, and prepare for any potential changes in school or work schedules while maintaining a healthy perspective.
For any individuals experiencing panic, anxiety or fear, having difficulty concentrating or sleeping, or increased emotional stress surrounding the coronavirus outbreak, it may help to speak to a professional clinician through your employee assistance program (EAP) provided by ACI Specialty Benefits.
ACI’s EAP is confidential, free to use for employees, and open to all family members. Call ACI at 800.932.0034 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more about professional EAP support available.