COVID-19 can impact our mental health as well as our physical health. If you are experiencing stress or anxiety as a result of the pandemic, you are not alone. Many Californians are coping with stress related to:
- Economic distress due to lost wages
- School closures
- Social isolation due to physical distancing
Help for managing your stress
- California Surgeon General’s Playbook: Stress Relief during COVID-19 (PDF)
This guide provides actions you can take every day to support your mental and physical health.
- UCLA Mindful (app)
Practice mindfulness with this free app. This can lessen feelings of stress, and support your mental and physical health.
- Mindshift (app)
Take charge of anxiety with resources on this free app.
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. Some parents also face new work environments, job loss, and interpersonal violence.
There are tools that can help parents and kids. Mental health professionals, researchers, and the California Surgeon General recommend the following resources.