2 items tagged "COVID-19"

  • Coping with Stress during COVID-19 Pandemic

    Outbreaks Can be Stressful

    The outbreak of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) may be stressful for people. Fear and anxiety about a disease can be overwhelming and cause strong emotions in adults and children. Coping with stress will make you, the people you care about, and your community stronger.

    Stress during an infectious disease outbreak can include:
    • Fear and worry about your own health and the health of your loved ones
    • Changes in sleep or eating patterns
    • Difficulty sleeping or concentrating
    • Worsening of chronic health problems
    • Worsening of mental health conditions
    • Increased use of alcohol, tobacco, or other drugs 

    Everyone Reacts Differently to Stressful Situations

    How you respond to the outbreak can depend on your background, the things that make you different from other people, and the community you live in.

    People who may respond more strongly to the stress of a crisis include:
    • Older people and people with chronic diseases who are at higher risk for severe illness from COVID-19
    • Children and teens
    • People who are helping with the response to COVID-19, like doctors, other health care providers, and first responders
    • People who have mental health conditions including problems with substance use

    Take Care of Yourself and Your Community

    Taking care of yourself, your friends, and your family can help you cope with stress. Helping others cope with their stress can also make your community stronger.

    Ways to Cope with Stress
    • Take breaks from watching, reading, or listening to news stories, including social media. Hearing about the pandemic repeatedly can be upsetting.
    • Take care of your body.
    • Take deep breaths, stretch, or meditate.
    • Try to eat healthy, well-balanced meals.
    • Exercise regularly, get plenty of sleep.
    • Avoid alcohol and drugs.
    • Make time to unwind. Try to do some other activities you enjoy.
    • Connect with others. Talk with people you trust about your concerns and how you are feeling.

    Employee Assistance Benefit is Here for You!

    Everyday stressors may be higher during this uncertain time with COVD-19. Our Employee Assistance benefit is here for you! Employees and their families have access to resources, counselors and more at mycigna.com (employer ID: mohawk) or call 855-566-4295.

    Need help? Know someone who does?

    If you, or someone you care about, are feeling overwhelmed with emotions like sadness, depression, or anxiety, or feel like you want to harm yourself or others

    Take Care of your Mental Health

    Call your healthcare provider if stress gets in the way of your daily activities for several days in a row.

    People with preexisting mental health conditions should continue with their treatment and be aware of new or worsening symptoms. Additional information can be found at the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) Disaster Preparedness page.

    For parents, people at higher risk for serious illness, people coming out of quarantine, or for responders, click here to read the full article.


    For additional details and resources, click here to read the full article from the Center's for Disease Control (CDC).


  • Ways to Manage Stress this Holiday Season

    This Holiday Season Do What’s Best for You and Your Loved Ones

    Take Care of Yourself
    • Being away from family and friends during the holidays can be hard.
    • When you talk with your friends and family about plans, it’s okay if you decide to stay home and remain apart from others.
    Do What’s Best for Your Household
    • Doing what’s best for you includes eating healthy foods and getting enough sleep.
    • Take care of your body and stay active to lessen fatigue, anxiety, and sadness.
    Spend Time with Those in Your Household
    • Hard choices to be apart this year may mean that you can spend many more years with your loved ones.
    • Do what is best for your health and the health of your loved ones. This year spend time with those in your own household.

    Caring for Yourself

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    Helpful Resources

    How Right Now: Find What Helps This Season​external icon

    Practicing gratefulness may be the best kept secret to help reduce stress and feel better.


    To read the CDCs article on this topic, visit their website here.


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