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Laramie, WY 82071

Phone: (307) 766-5586

Fax: (307) 766-6720

Email: rec@uwyo.edu

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Coping and Stress Management

In response to the COVID-19 outbreak, many of us are experiencing a wide range of thoughts, feelings, and reactions due to stress. In such stressful times, it is important for us to take care of ourselves and prioritize our physical, mental, and social wellbeing. Listed below is some helpful information, as well as various resources, that may help you to understand more about stress and how you can cope.


Things to know about stress

It is normal to feel stressed

For many of us, this outbreak has caused us to feel perhaps unusually stressed or overwhelmed compared to how we may normally feel. While this stress is uncomfortable, these feelings are completely normal to have in response to such a public health crisis.

Everyone reacts to stressful situations differently

Since the outbreak, many of us have reacted in a wide range of ways. Some of us may have noticed that our response to stressful situations may be different from our friends' or family's reactions. It is important to recognize that this wide range of reactions is normal and not everyone will react in the same way.

Reactions you may have in response to the outbreak

While everyone responds to stressful situations differently, people have had common reactions to the COVID-19 outbreak. These common reactions include:

  • Anxiety, especially surrounding your own health or the health of your loved ones

  • Depression

  • Increased vigilance

  • Changes in sleeping or eating patterns

  • Difficulty sleeping or concentrating

  • Worsening of mental or physical health problems

  • Increased use of substances (alcohol, tobacco, marijuana)

  • Increased isolation


Ways to cope with stress

Although it is important to recognize that the reactions we may be experiencing in response to this situation are normal, it is also important that, when we are having negative reactions to this situation, we take measures to take care of ourselves and reduce our stress. The following is a list of ways you can cope with the stress you may be experiencing (sources: CDC, Mayo Clinic)

  • Take care of your mind and body

  • Take time away from screens

    • Take breaks from social media and the news. These things can add to the stress we might already be feeling

    • Avoid screens 30 minutes before bedtime

    • Set aside time each day away from electronic devices

  • Reach out to others

    • Call, text, FaceTime, or Zoom your loved ones

    • Check-in on and support your loved ones

  • Get help when you need it

    • If you are experiencing worsening mental health problems, please do not hesitate to reach out to someone.


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Campus Recreation

Half Acre Rec and Wellness Center

Dept. 3604

1000 E. University Ave.

Laramie, WY 82071

Phone: (307) 766-5586

Fax: (307) 766-6720

Email: rec@uwyo.edu

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