April 1, 2020

Managing the Stress Associated with Coronavirus

Raymond Shelton Ph.D., F.A.A.E.T.S. Director, Professional Development American Academy of Experts in Traumatic Stress and PreCana Presenter

We find ourselves in a time of unprecedented stress, anxiety, and uncertainty in the presence of the coronavirus crisis.  The wellbeing of society; families, communities, businesses, organizations as well as our nation are all impacted. How do we survive and recover from such a massive assault on our population?  As this crisis unfolds, media reports consume the airwaves with reports of travel restrictions, self-quarantine, event activity shut down, work place restrictions, schools closed, and concerns for your own and your loved ones’ health – people can experience a wide range of thoughts, feelings and reactions.  All of which are normal in the presence of a crisis / traumatic incident.  These reactions include the following:

  • Feeling stressed or overwhelmed
  • Anxiety, worry, or fear
  • Sadness, tearfulness, and/or loss of interest in usual enjoyable activities
  • Physical symptoms, such as increased heart rate, stomach upset, low energy, or other uncomfortable sensations
  • Frustration, irritability, or anger
  • Feeling helpless
  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Loss of appetite
  • Loss of focus and concentration
  • Isolating or withdrawing from others, and/or fear of going to public spaces

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