SPOKANE, Wash — We are living in unprecedented times, which can cause some to feel an increase in stress and anxiety.

Fortunately, there are tools and resources to help you cope with stress surrounding the coronavirus outbreak.

The CDC recommends these four ways to support yourself in these uncertain times.

  1. Take a break
  2. Take care of your body
  3. Find time to unwind
  4. Connect with others

First, take breaks. Not just from your work, but also breaks from watching, reading or listening to the news. This includes social media. Hearing about the pandemic repeatedly can be upsetting.

You should also remember to take care of your body. Find time throughout the day to take deep breaths, stretch, or meditate. Try to eat healthy, exercise regularly and get plenty of sleep.

It's also important to find time to unwind. Make it a point to do an activity you enjoy.

Finally, connect with others. Check in with family and friends with a simple phone call or Facetime. Talk with people you trust about your concerns and how you are feeling. Chances are you're likely not the only one.

Parents, you can support your children by being a role model to them and share how you deal with stress.

The CDC suggests talking to them about COVID-19 in ways they can understand, and reassure them they are safe.

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