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How do I cope with my coronavirus anxiety?

Try to remember that anxiety is a blend of fear and hope, and see if you can keep the hope part in mind too.

What practices do therapists recommend?

Each time you realize you're gripping on to unproductive trains of thought, give yourself permission to let go.

What if I also have OCD or existing anxiety?

All this attention to germs, hand-washing, or illness can bolster anxious thoughts on these topics, and so if you're having more of them, that's completely normal.

What can I do when I feel panicked?

You could spend all day and night reading headlines, news alerts, or tweets but this 'does not change your risk of getting coronavirus.

 
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The Facts
Isolation
 
 

What is self-quarantine like?

"Getting lonely is natural, so also use this time to connect with yourself or call a loved one." — Read more on The Verge

I'm working from home—any tips?

"It’s important to socialize to compact the inherent loneliness and isolation you’ll feel while out of a traditional office setting." — Read more on the New York Times

Financial Fears
 

How do I cope with financial stress? 
“Think of ways that these economic challenges can motivate you to find healthier ways to deal with stress.” — Read more from the American Psychological Association

What if I can’t work from home?

“…the remote work gap is just one way the coronavirus outbreak is underscoring inequalities inherent in the American economy.” — Read more on TIME

Xenophobia
 

Am I alone in experiencing xenophobia? 
“I want to detail what it has felt like to be an Asian person in America since the outbreak of the new coronavirus.” — Read this personal essay on Shine

How are other Asian Americans feeling?

“Even a single cough or sneeze can trigger harassment.” — Read more on NPR

For Parents
 

How do I help my children stay informed?
Try this comic for kids explaining the new coronavirus, created by NPR.

How do I manage my anxiety with my kids?

“Try to process any fears you may have before you talk to your children, whether it’s by talking to a friend, a partner or a therapist.” — Read more on the New York Times

Additional Support
 

What do I do if I’m sick?

Learn more from the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) 

How can I find my local health department?

Use this tool to help you search for local health departments in your area.
 

What if I’m having a mental health crisis? 

If you’re struggling, know that seeking help is a strength—not a weakness. Crisis Text Line is a free, 24/7, confidential support to people in crisis in the U.S., U.K., and Canada. 

Or: Contact the Disaster Distress Helpline (DDH), which provides crisis counseling and support for anyone in the U.S. experiencing distress or other concerns related to disasters, including public health emergencies. Call 1-800-985-5990 or text TalkWithUs to 66746.

What if I’m having mental health issues abroad?

This list includes emergency mental health resources across the globe.

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Seeking help is a strength—not a weakness.

Text 741741 to talk with a crisis counselor at Crisis Text Line—it’s free, confidential, and available all hours.

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