Coping with Stress and Isolation

Contributors: Jill Kohn, MS, RDN, LDN and Esther Ellis, MS, RDN, LDN
Social Isolation

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Spring is normally a time to break out of the wintry routine. This year, many of us are required to limit our contact with other people by not going out to public places. Keeping a social distance may cause you or your family members to experience new feelings.

We all handle stress from these situations differently. It’s important to know that there are things you can do to help yourself and your family. There are also resources, specific to your community, if more assistance is needed.   

Lifestyle changes are sometimes required to help manage stress. Steps to take care of yourself include eating right, staying well hydrated and getting adequate sleep. If you’re able to be physically active that can also help to manage stress and reduce symptoms of anxiety.

Finding other activities that you enjoy, such as reading, can replace the time spent worrying and help you to relax. This may also be a great time to start a new hobby or to resume one that you haven’t had the time for in a while. There are a lot of ways to make the most of your time at home.

Staying connected with friends and family can help limit feelings of being alone, and there are so many forms of technology today which provide that outlet. There are also online resources from reliable organizations, such as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that can help you to manage anxiety and stress.

If you do find it harder to cope with daily activities or recognize these changes in someone you care about, speak with a healthcare provider right away.

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