Stress can be a normal reaction to the coronavirus pandemic that has affected our lives in so many ways. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), people worried about COVID-19 may have signs that include:
When you face a stressful situation, your pulse quickens, you breathe faster, your muscles tense, and your brain uses more oxygen and increases activity. If your stress response lasts too long, it can damage your health.
You can’t always avoid the stress in your life, but you can learn to cope with it better. The CDC and the National Institutes of Health recommend these steps:
People with cancer or another serious illness may feel even more stress due to the COVID-19 outbreak.
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