Working during COVID-19

Self-care

Protecting yourself during COVID-19 public health emergency

In ensuring the ones closest to you are cared for, it’s important to not forget about taking care of yourself. Recognize that feelings such as loneliness, boredom, fear of contracting disease, anxiety, stress, and panic are normal reactions to a stressful situation such as a disease outbreak. Even if your family is isolated or quarantined, realize this will be temporary.

Follow these tips from Centers for Disease Control & Prevention and the UW College of Education to support your own well being and overall health so that you are in a strong and stable position to help others do the same. Remember, UW CareLink is available 24/7 and offers service in multiple languages to benefits-eligible faculty and staff who may need additional support in navigating these extraordinary times.

Take care of your body. Try to eat healthy, well-balanced meals, exercise regularly, and get plenty of sleep. Avoid alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs. Learn more about wellness strategies for mental health. Keep your family’s schedule consistent when it comes to bedtimes, meals, and exercise.

Connect with others. Share your concerns and how you are feeling with a friend or family member. Maintain healthy relationships and build a strong support system.

Take breaks. Make time to unwind and remind yourself that strong feelings will fade. Try taking in deep breaths. Try to do activities you usually enjoy.

Stay informed. When you feel that you are missing information, you may become more stressed or nervous. Watch, listen to, or read the news for updates from officials. Be aware that there may be rumors during a crisis, especially on social media. Always check your sources and turn to reliable sources of information like your local government authorities.

Avoid too much exposure to news. Take breaks from watching, reading, or listening to news stories. It can be upsetting to hear about the crisis and see images repeatedly. Try to do enjoyable activities and return to normal life as much as possible and check for updates between breaks.

Seek help when needed. If distress impacts activities of your daily life for several days or weeks, talk to a clergy member, counselor, or doctor, or contact the SAMHSA helpline at 1-800-985-5990.

Get more tips here: Parent/Caregiver Guide to Helping Families Cope with Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID19)