How To Deal With Stress, Anxiety During COVID-19 Pandemic


Texas A&M AgriLife Extension experts offers advice for managing your mental health.

It is normal for adults and children to experience anxiety during stressful events like the worldwide coronavirus pandemic. Whether it’s the fear of contracting COVID-19, disruptions to work and school schedules, or myriad related concerns, stress is an expected and normal response.

The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service realizes the coronavirus has changed the way many people must go about their day-to-day lives. The agency, in response, offers free resources like the AgriLife Extension Disaster Education Network to help Texans get through trying times.

One of the hardest challenges for adults and children during this time is social distancing. The current federal recommendation is that gatherings consist of no more than 10 people.

“Social distancing means avoiding close physical proximity to larger groups of people or avoiding places where large groups have recently met or passed through,” said Jeff Fant, AgriLife Extension’s disaster assessment and recovery agent for District 7, San Angelo.

Social distancing is important in slowing the transmission of the coronavirus in order to limit the number of people affected by COVID-19 at one time. It is crucial that hospitals, their staff and resources aren’t overwhelmed.

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