How to Cope with COVID-19 Stress When You Can’t Stay Home

When it comes to coping with coronavirus—and the crippling stress of a global pandemic that’s unraveling the world you once knew before your very eyes—most of the general advice circulating involves staying home, avoiding contact with others, and not overconsuming news. But that doesn’t exactly apply if you’re an essential worker.

When you’re on the front lines—in a grocery store, hospital, delivery truck, pharmacy, or clinic—you can’t stay home. You can’t avoid all contact with others. You’re literally living in the news, so trying to avoid consumption of worldly events can feel pointless. You’re exposed, and it’s scary.

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