Coping with Stress During the COVID-19 Outbreak


With the outbreak of the coronavirus, the mental health of everyone can be significantly impacted. The most important thing to know is that it is normal to feel fear and anxiety during this time. As human beings, we like to feel certain about what is going on around us and have control of situations. Turning on the news and going on social media to only see negative articles and stories about the outbreak can be extremely overwhelming and can have a detrimental effect on our mental health. There are many different ways we can cope with these feelings and take care of our mental health during this time of uncertainty:


  • Reaching out to a friend, loved one, or a professional about your feelings during this difficult time to talk about your concerns can be very helpful. Chances are, they are feeling similar emotions and could use some support as well.  You should never feel like you are alone or that your feelings are invalid.

Be Productive! 

  • Having activities to distract you from the current events can be helpful:
    • Cleaning is a great way to distract yourself while giving you a sense of purpose.
    • Watching movies at home can be a nice way to get your mind off the stress and unwind. You may not be able to go to the movies, but some great stay at home options are Netflix and Hulu.
    • Exercising or mediation can help to relieve stress and tension.  YouTube has plenty of videos for at-home workouts and meditation.
    • Read a book/listen to a podcast. Take a break from your phone or computer and read your favorite book or listen to your favorite podcast channel. 

Go Outside!

  • Although we are all practicing social distancing, that does not mean we can not go outside to enjoy nature. Go on a walk in your neighborhood to get some fresh air and vitamin D.

Take Care of Your Body!

  • It may be easy to forget to eat or not get enough sleep, but those things are very important. Don’t forget to fill your body with healthy food, such as fruits and vegetables. Try your best to get seven to nine hours of sleep every night.

It is important to take care of yourself, mentally and physically. Keep contact with your friends/family, eat healthy and get enough sleep. In these uncertain times, it is normal to feel alone, anxious, or fearful. Remember, we are in this together and help is always available.

“Together, there is no obstacle, no challenge that we will not overcome as a Lodi High School Family.”

                                                                                                                           – Mr. D’Amico

Below are reliable sources to reach out to if you are feeling alone and struggling:

The Crisis Text Line 

Text TALK to 741741

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline


Anxiety and Depression Association of America