It is normal to be scared, distressed or angry when you hear about a disease outbreak. Be careful not to turn fear and anger towards people who have become sick. Ask yourself:
Would you think or do the same thing if this was a different infectious disease, like the flu?
Does what I’m doing make people safer or does it create more fear or harm?
Recognize signs of stress in yourself. Identify what you are afraid of. Figure out if what you fear is something that you can address right now. If not, know what activities help you release energy from stress and fear, such as physical activity, listening to music, or talking with someone you trust. Do something that puts you in a positive mood.
If you are stressed, anxious, lonely, depressed, angry, or all of the above, you are not alone.We are in this together, and caring mental health professionals are available if you need to talk. Just call 877-519-7505.