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CDC offers 5 ways to cope with stress during COVID-19 pandemic

The coronavirus pandemic has been stressful for many. Here are 5 quick tips on how to deal with stress.

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In this Dec. 22, 2020, file photo, relatives touch each other’s hand through a plastic film screen and a glass to avoid contracting COVID-19 at the San Raffaele center in Rome ahead of Christmas.

Relatives touch each other’s hand through a plastic film screen and a glass to avoid contracting COVID-19 at the San Raffaele center in Rome on Dec. 22, 2020.

Cecilia Fabiano, La Presse via Associated Press

The coronavirus pandemic is about to reach its 10-month anniversary for many people in the United States. Working from home, Zoom calls and mask-wearing have become common in our lives. But that doesn’t mean there haven’t been heavy levels of stress and anxiety for everyone throughout the year.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention — which has long issued guidelines for the pandemic — recently added five different ways to cope with stress and anxiety throughout the pandemic.

The list appeared on a new page that outlined what people needed to know as the pandemic surges forward.

Here are the five tips:

  1. Find one small way to care for yourself each day.
  2. Listen to music, do yoga or do some gardening to put your mind at ease.
  3. Connect with your friends and family. Share feelings if you can.
  4. Eat healthy food and get sleep.
  5. Read, listen to music or start a new hobby.

The importance of anxiety:

The Mayo Clinic said in a post from the summer that anxiety and fear can be “natural protectors of people’s lives,” and it’s totally natural to feel this way during the pandemic.

  • “These responses trigger the fight-or-flight response that motivates people to act in the primitive sense — usually to run or fight. This response has kept humans alive for generations despite many dangers in this world,” according to the Mayo Clinic.