It is not uncommon to experience general fear and anxiety regarding the current COVID-19 public health crisis. This confusion and uncertainty can be compounded by conflicting “facts” and misinformation coming from various official sources.
As with any real or perceived traumatic event, we all react in different ways when dealing with emotional stress. There is no one “right” way to react and emotions can include fear, anger, helplessness and sadness. It is normal to find yourself having difficulty concentrating or making decisions. Physically, you may feel fatigued, have difficulty sleeping or notice changes in your appetite.
It is always a good idea to maintain your normal routine in times of uncertainty. Physical activity is one of the best ways to reduce stress. Keep connected to your social support resources and reach out to people who care, which can include friends, family and clergy. Think about limiting your exposure to media reports if you need a break from the news. Incorporate activities you find relaxing and enjoyable.
The Counseling Center is open for crisis counseling. Students who have scheduled or need counseling services also may receive them, beginning later this week, via telemental health and by telephone.
More information on COVID-19 may be found at dps.utah.edu/coronavirus.
For tips on coping with emotional stress, click here.