Coping with the realities have COVID-19 has been challenging for many of us. Here’s a quick brainstorming session of ideas to assist in helping to relieve some of the stressors associated with COVID-19.

Coping strategies

• As cancellations of larger scale events occur, the biggest coping strategy we could engage in during the time of flux is to increase our self-compassion, self-care, and time with those we hold dear.

• If public transit is utilized, reduce your risk by riding in the front or rear train cars as fewer passengers typically ride those cars

• Buy some cheap gloves and use those in public environments

• Reduce screen time, media time, and time in larger crowds

• Increase time with loved ones, with mindfulness/meditation, and healthy habits

• Get support with friends, family, and professionals

Additional resources are discussed below

• Mental Health Considerations during COVID-19 Outbreak: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prepare/managing-stress-anxiety.html

• Coronavirus Anxiety – Helpful Expert Tips and Resources:
https://adaa.org/finding-help/coronavirus-anxiety-helpful-resources

• 7 science-based strategies to cope with coronavirus anxiety:
https://theconversation.com/7-science-based-strategies-to-cope-with-coronavirus-anxiety-133207?fbclid=IwAR0AWOldBkKKf7eEJUuUdjeMRupp6fWOqANpE4zIULZk27xjRaRN8cqnv-w

• Tips for managing your anxiety about coronavirus:
https://www.eehealth.org/blog/2020/03/tips-for-managing-your-anxiety-about-the-coronavirus/?fbclid=IwAR3H_e_VGpPpaaDfZLXdOk5RVN4g-JHjqZB7nE5pWEt9VJhisoD46W-rfb8

• What coronavirus fears are doing to people with anxiety disorders:
https://www.washingtonpost.com/health/2020/03/11/what-coronavirus-fears-are-doing-people-with-anxiety-disorders/

• Disability Rights and COVID-19:
https://mailchi.mp/disasterstrategies/covid19-disability-rights-call-to-action-with-org-support-plus?fbclid=IwAR0qS8ssaQQpWkvPMIXTlT2h5o5e1fKXCvruBQ5DFfkq6FmEatHFGc0Tr7o

• Reasonable Accommodations & COVID-19:
http://www.floridahealth.gov/newsroom/2020/03/031520-2110-covid19.pr.html