While we take action to lessen the immediate impacts of COVID-19 on our communities and our health care systems, it is also important to minimize the secondary health effects of this pandemic. Widespread stress and anxiety regarding COVID-19, compounded by the economic distress due to lost wages, employment and financial assets, mass school closures, and necessary physical distancing can result in an increase of stress-related health conditions. 

Help manage your stress

  • California Surgeon General’s Playbook: Stress Relief During COVID-19 (PDF)
    The California Surgeon General, Dr. Nadine Burke Harris, offers a simple guide with things you can do every day to help support your mental and physical health.
  • UCLA Mindful (app)
    Free mobile app which helps you practice mindfulness. This can help lessen feelings of stress, and support your mental and physical health.
  • Mindshift (app)
    Access resources on this free app to help take charge of anxious feelings.

Help for parents and kids

Parents and families are facing a lot during this pandemic. Working moms and dads must now be workers, parents, child counselors, and teachers all at once. And some parents also face new work environments, job loss, and interpersonal violence. 

But there are tools that can help. Mental health professionals, researchers, and the California Surgeon General recommend the following resources. Check out these tools to help parents and children cope with stress in a positive way.