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  • Writer's pictureHilary Hofstetter, M.S.

Know How to Relieve Stress

You can manage and alleviate your stress by taking time to take care of yourself.


Set limits on how much time you spend reading or watching news about the outbreak. You will want to stay up to date on news of the outbreak, particularly if you have loved ones in places where many people have gotten sick. But make sure to take time away from the news to focus on things in your life that are going well and that you can control.


Find people and resources you can depend on for accurate health information. Learn from them about the outbreak and how you can protect yourself against illness, if you are at risk. You may turn to your family doctor, a state or local health department, U.S. government agencies, or an international organization. Check out the sidebar on the next page for links to good sources of information about infectious disease outbreaks.


1. Eat healthy foods, and drink water.

2. Avoid excessive amounts of caffeine and alcohol.

3. Do not use tobacco or illegal drugs.

4. Get enough sleep and rest.

5. Get physical exercise.

Resource from SAMHSA – Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration

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