Southern Oregon Rehabilitation Center & Clinics (SORCC)
Stress Management Resources During COVID-19
Stress occurs when we feel a situation, event, threat, or challenge may exceed our ability or resources. Stress increases when a situation is new, unpredictable, or changes quickly. Each of these factors can increase stress. Additionally, stress can increase when we have no prior experience of how to cope with a new challenge.
The current challenges associated with Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic are new, unpredictable, and changing quickly, which may create a highly stressful work environment. Stress can show up in many ways.
Cognitive or Mental Symptoms:
During these times it is more important than ever to practice stress reducing strategies on a daily basis.
Take good care of yourself:
- Eat healthy foods
- Get daily exercise
- Keep a regular sleep pattern
- Call, email, or video chat with friends and family
Make time each day to do something that makes you relax, such as:
- Mindfulness meditation (see app section below)
- Taking a hot bath or shower to relax the muscles
- Taking several deep breaths for a minute or more
- Visualization (visualize yourself in pleasant surroundings)
Prioritize. Put the people and things that matter most to you first. Focus your extra time around them. Lower priority items can wait until you’re more able to devote time and energy to them.
Resources & Links:
CDC: Manage Anxiety & Stress:
From the National Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention (NCP):
Managing Health Care Workers’ Stress Associated with the COVID-19 Virus Outbreak:
Apps and other resources:
- Free apps for Apple or Android: https://thiswayup.org.au/12-free-apps-to-help-you-beat-stress/
- Meditation apps: https://mellowed.com/best-meditation-apps/
- For good sleep: CBT-i Coach | VA Mobile at https://mobile.va.gov/app/cbt-i-coach
- “Smiling Mind” - all free, non-profit, created by psychologists
- “Insight Timer” - Says it’s the largest free library of meditations with over 35,000 guided meditations. Offers both free and paid content.
- VA’s mindfulness app: https://mobile.va.gov/app/mindfulness-coach
- COVID Coach app: https://www.ptsd.va.gov/appvid/mobile/COVID_coach_app.asp
The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs COVID Coach app, a mobile app designed to help Veterans and civilians cope with feelings of stress and anxiety they may be experiencing during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The app includes resources that can track a person's well-being, mood swings and PTSD symptoms. There's also a personal goal tracker. Each comes with direct links to resources for people who may need additional support.
COVID Coach was developed by VA’s National Center for PTSD’s Mobile Mental Health Team, in conjunction with the Office of Mental Health and Suicide Prevention.
Anyone with a mobile device can download the app. Just search for COVID Coach.