Managing Stress & Anxiety

The COVID-19 pandemic has temporarily changed the way we work and live, go to school, and spend time with each other. These changes can be difficult to deal with, and you may find yourself sad, anxious, worried, defeated, and even angry.

Resilient Wisconsin is a resource with information on healthy coping, recognizing signs of stress and anxiety, learning to manage stress and anxiety, and for additional resources to speak or text with trained counselors. Learning how to deal with difficulties is healthy way can bounce back from hardship are key. 

Things you can do to support yourself:

  • Take breaks from watching, reading, or listening to news stories, including social media. Hearing about the pandemic repeatedly can be upsetting.
  • Take care of your body. Take deep breaths, stretch, or meditate. Try to eat healthy, well-balanced meals, exercise regularly, get plenty of sleep, and avoid alcohol and drugs.
  • Make time to unwind. Try to do some other activities you enjoy.
  • Connect with others. Talk with people you trust about your concerns and how you are feeling.

The CDC has additional suggestions to reduce stress for you, your children, and others.

If you are in crisis or are experiencing difficult or suicidal thoughts, call: Tri-County Crisis Number (Forest, Oneida, Vilas): 1-888-299-1188 

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
1-800-273-TALK (8255)
The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is a national network of local crisis centers that provides free and confidential emotional support to people in suicidal crisis or emotional distress 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. They are committed to improving crisis services and advancing suicide prevention by empowering individuals, advancing professional best practices, and building awareness. Call and chat are available. 
Wisconsin 211
Wisconsin 211 is a confidential community information, referral, and crisis line service that is available 24 hours a day. Great Rivers 2-1-1 staff are trained to provide supportive listening and emotional encouragement to individuals struggling with the stress and anxiety of these uncertain times. These services are available not only to those overwhelmed about the COVID-19 pandemic, but to all individuals experiencing difficulty. Great Rivers 2-1-1 staff connect individuals experiencing more elevated mental health crises to appropriate services when this is needed.  Call, text, and chat are available.
Texting Hopeline
Text HOPELINE to 741741
The Center for Suicide Awareness brings help, hope, and resources to families and individuals in our communities through programs that reach others where they are at and when they need it most. Of the many Center programs and initiatives, bringing HOPELINE to all of Wisconsin, has given individuals across our state free emotional support anytime, from anywhere.
The Trevor Project
The Trevor Project is an American non-profit organization founded in 1998 focused on suicide prevention efforts among lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and questioning youth. Through a toll-free telephone number, it operates The Trevor Lifeline, a confidential service that offers trained counselors. The stated goals of the project are to provide crisis intervention and suicide prevention services for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and questioning young people under 25, as well as to offer guidance and resources to parents and educators in order to foster safe, accepting, and inclusive environments for all youth, at home and at school. Call, chat, and text is available.
Veterans Crisis Line
The Veterans Crisis Line is a free, confidential resource that’s available to anyone, even if you’re not registered with VA or enrolled in VA health care. The caring, qualified responders at the Veterans Crisis Line are specially trained and experienced in helping veterans of all ages and circumstances. Call, chat, and text are available.