What you can do:
Learn how COVID-19 affects individuals.Understanding this could ease your anxiety about your susceptibility to the virus.
There's a lot of misinformation online and on social media.Only read COVID-19 websites from trusted sources of information like the University of South Carolina, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, or the World Health Organization.
Get your emotional support system in place:
- Stay in touch with friends and coworkers
- Use email, social media, video conference and voice calls to contact close friends and family
- Maintain a normal daily routine as much as possible
- Take care of your basic needs
- Rest during work or between shifts
- Eat healthy food
- Engage in physical activity
Use preventative measures against anxiety.Avoid watching, reading or listening to news reports that cause you to feel anxious or distressed. A near-constant stream of news reports can cause anyone to feel anxious or distressed.
Help others.Assisting a family member or a friend in their time of need can benefit the person receiving support as well as the helper. Be sure to take steps to protect yourself and others from COVID-19 by washing your hands frequently and covering your cough or sneeze.
For additional help with anxiety:
- Call Counseling & Psychiatry at UofSC for free over-the-phone counseling services: 803-777-5223
- Call the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) HelpLine at 800-950-NAMI (6264) Monday-Friday, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. EST for mental health resources.
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Reducing Stigma.
- American Psychological Association
- World Health Organization