I have developed uncertainty and stress because of COVID-19; how can I cope with this newfound stress?

Your emotional and mental wellbeing is essential when dealing with uncertainties and stressors, such as COVID-19. Most people respond to change or loss in the same way. The key to coping with and adapting successfully to changes is by developing resilience. Resilience is the process of adapting well in the face of adversity, trauma, tragedy, threats, or significant sources of stress. It means, “bouncing back” from painful experiences.

  • Accept that the change or threat has happened
  • Take charge of what you can control and don’t worry about what you cannot
  • Avoid viewing challenges as unachievable, but rather as a goal that can be taken one step at a time
  • Do something to take your mind of what is going on, even if it means learning some new skills or talents
  • Maintain strong connections with family and friends while social distancing
  • Make a list of changes you have successfully navigated in the past and determine the key factors that helped you through it
  • Keep a long-term perspective and a hopeful outlook
  • Take care of your physical and mental health

Additionally, the District offers the Water Employees’ LifeLine (WELL)/Employee Assistance Program. The WELL program is available to employees and family members who need any support for their mental wellbeings such as COVID-related anxiety and stressors. Support is available 24/7 at (951) 204-7124.

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13. I have developed uncertainty and stress because of COVID-19; how can I cope with this newfound stress?