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5 Ways to Worry Less During a Pandemic

COVID-19 (coronavirus) affected every aspect of our lives, making it difficult not to feel overwhelmed by it. Daily—or sometimes hourly—reminders of safety precautions, people’s suffering, economic changes and several “unknowns” can take their toll on our mental health.


Here are five ways to help alleviate the worry and emotional stress of uncertain times.


  1. Think back to things you found comforting as a child. Tapping into music, TV shows and movies, foods/meals, photos, hobbies, etc. can help restore a sense of calm and security.
  2. Tell yourself what you might say to someone you care about. Comforting self-talk can work wonders. Soothe yourself by repeating messages like …
    • “It’s OK to feel this way right now.”
    • “What you feel is completely normal.”
    • “You are not alone in how you feel.”
    • “This won’t last forever.”
  3. Start a journal or a simple gratitude list. Writing about your thoughts and feelings can release them from your mind and help you focus on the positive. Gratitude lists or journals can be particularly effective in lifting one’s spirits.
  4. Do something for someone else. One of the best ways to take your mind off of your own worries is to do something for someone else. Brainstorm ways you can help or surprise a neighbor or loved one—or someone you don’t even know. Doing even a simple favor can brighten someone’s day (not to mention yours).
  5. Move your body. Physical activity of most any kind isn’t just good for your body; it’s good for your mental and emotional well-being. Exercise (even housework, extra trips up the stairs or walking around the block) releases feel-good chemicals that can boost your mood.

During challenging times, we are here to help. If you are a DaVita dialysis patient, please reach out to your social worker for more tips and additional support. You can find more information about coping with COVID-19 here.  

This article is for informational purposes only and is not intended to be a substitute for medical advice from a medical provider.

Please check with a medical professional if you need a diagnosis and/or for treatments as well as information regarding your specific condition. In case of emergency, call 9-1-1 or go to the nearest emergency department.