What you may be experiencing
Worry is a common emotion that comes up when we feel uncertain about the future. You may be worried about your health or the health of your family. You may worry about paying bills, caregiving, your personal safety or other important needs. Feeling worried is typical, especially during a crisis.
Worry can make it difficult to concentrate and cause changes in your sleeping and eating habits. You may have feelings of anxiety, frustration, nervousness, fearfulness or helplessness.
What you can do
Even five minutes to take care of yourself can make a difference. Take a deep breath and relax.
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, family, neighbors or your faith community.
Seek support from the people and organizations who can help such as:
Take a break from the news and social media.
Spending too much time watching or reading news can create feelings of distress.
Seek help from a professional if your worry becomes overwhelming or feels unmanageable.
- Talk to your doctor about how you are feeling.
- Find mental health services: Mental Health America