Coping with Stress/Anxiety during COVID-19

One in four people have a mental health disorders.  If you are feeling anxiety, stress or depression about COVID-19 and the socioeconomic uncertainty that comes with it, you are not alone. 

Here are some simple steps you can take to cope with stress and anxiety during the coronavirus pandemic:

  • Practice social distancing and wash your hands.
  • Maintain a healthy lifestyle including a healthy diet, sleep pattern, and exercise routine.
  • Be prepared. Have supplies on hand including your every day, over-the-counter medications. Also, have enough household items and groceries on hand in case you need to stay home for an extended period.
  • Get information from a trusted resource such as or call 1-833-4-ASK-ODH (1-833-427-5634) if you have specific questions.
  • Reduce the amount of time that you and your family spend watching or listening to media coverage.
  • If you feel overwhelmed, speak to a health care provider or counselor.
  • Practice mindfulness and self-care. Maintain a sense of hope and positive thinking: consider keeping a journal to write down things you are grateful for or that are going well. Relax your body often by doing things for you – take a deep breath, stretch, meditate, or engage in activities you enjoy.
  • Reach out to people you trust to reduce loneliness and isolation by using the phone, email, text, FaceTime and social media to connect with others.
  • Do not use alcohol, tobacco or illegal drugs to cope
  • Find local behavioral health resources by downloading our GetHelpNow App, available on Google Play and the Apple Store.
  • If you feel you need assistance, please contact the Montgomery County Alcohol, Drug Addiction, and Mental Health Services (ADAMHS) Board at (937) 443-0416. Our focus is on saving lives, from COVID-19 and addiction.

Get Mental Health Help

  • Ohio Crisis Text Line
    Text keyword "4HOPE" to 741 741
  • OhioMHAS Help Line
  • Find Substance Use Disorder and Mental Health Treatment
  • Disaster Distress Helpline
    1-800-846-8517 TTY
    Text "TalkWithUs" to 66746
    Spanish-speakers: Text "Hablanos" to 66746
    Available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, year-round