News from the Field Department - April 2020

The outbreak of the Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) is stressful for people. Everyone reacts differently to stressful situations, coping with and addressing stress will make you, the people that you care about and your community stronger.    

Stress during an infectious disease outbreak can include:

  • Fear and worry about your own health and the health of your loved ones.
  • Difficulty sleeping or concentrating.
  • Changes in sleep.
  • Changes in eating patterns.
  • Worsening of chronic health problems (such as heart disease, cancer and diabetes).
  • Increased use of alcohol, tobacco, or other drugs.

Things you can do to support yourself:

  • Take breaks from watching, reading, or listening to news stories, including social media. Hearing about the pandemic repeatedly can be upsetting.
  • Relax. Take deep breaths, stretch, or meditate. Stress Relief, Yoga Poses, Stretching Techniques
  • Try to eat healthy, well-balanced meals, exercise regularly, get plenty of sleep, and avoid alcohol and drugs.
  • Make time to unwind. Try to do some other activities you enjoy.
  • Connect with others. Talk with people you trust about your concerns and how you are feeling.
  • Read. Most libraries are offering online downloads of books and audiobooks for free. Google the New York Times Review of Books for the most recent favorites.
  • Exercise. Get out for a walk or run. Don’t forget to look at Special Olympics Pennsylvania’s Commit to Fit on social media, Fit 5 and School of Strength.

As always, if you have concerns, issues or questions or just want to vent or talk – your Field Directors are here for you. Call, text or email us – we love to hear from you!