Emotional and Mental

Managing Fear and Anxiety around Coronavirus

Common reactions. Over the next few weeks, you may experience a wide range of emotions.  This is common when an epidemic occurs. You may experience some or all of the following:  anxiety, worry, panic, an overwhelming sense of helplessness, social withdrawal, anger, difficulty concentrating or sleeping.

Ways to manage fears and anxiety.  Although Coronavirus is a serious health issue, do not let your worry about this virus control your life. Manage your fears and anxiety by focusing on what you can control. 

  1. Get the facts.  For the most current and trustworthy information on the Coronavirus (COVID - 19), go to websites like Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) or  the World Health Organization (WHO).

  2. Keep things in perspective.  The relentless barrage of coronavirus news can create fear and increase anxiety. Take charge of your media exposure by setting time limits and only going to reliable sources for your information. 

  3. Stay healthy.  Pay attention to the recommendations of the CDC!  Be more diligent than ever by practicing healthy habits such as frequent hand washing. Use soap and water and wash for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer. 

  4. Cover your coughs and sneezes with your sleeve or a tissue. Then throw the tissue in the trash.  

  5. Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth. 

  6. Avoid contact with others who are sick.

  7. Stay home if you're sick.

  8. Stay connected.  Maintaining social networks can help maintain a sense of normalcy and provide valuable outlets for sharing feelings or relieving stress.

  9. Seek support.  If you feel overwhelmed with worry or anxiety, remember you can seek professional support through a counselor at Best Care Employee Assistance Program.  

Schedule your confidential appointment by calling (402) 354-8000 or (800) 801-4182 or send an email to eap@bestcareeap.org. Counseling is available in-person, online and over the phone.

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