Stress and Fear

Stress is part of normal life, and so at times is fear. During Covid-19 there will be more of both. You may fear you won't cope, that you may let people down, or have infection-related fears.
Here are the top tips from our international panel of experts to better cope with these natural reactions.

Remember your own needs

Do's

Don'ts

Managing stress

Slow down between shifts - it helps relieve pressure and arousal

Limit your exposure to media and social media

Plan and make use of regular communication in the team

Do not leave yourself alone with uncomfortable feelings

It is OK not to be OK - you may feel overwhelmed, shocked and numb at times

One antidote to stress is kindness, another is good humour

STIGMA – some people may become wary of you. Don’t take it personally

References and resources

Some of these tips may help you outside work for family and friends as well.

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