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Managing Concerns and Emotions about COVID-19

It’s not unusual to experience some types of distress during times of uncertainty and stress. If you notice any of the signs listed below in yourself, reach out to family and friends for support, and engage in your usual heathy coping strategies (moderate exercise, eat well, adequate sleep, practice a mindfulness activity, take time for yourself, engage in a hobby or other fun activity, etc.). Learn more about taking care of your mental health in the face of uncertainty here.

If your distress persists or gets to the point that you are having difficulty managing your day-to-day activities, it is best to seek professional help. To schedule an appointment with the STLCC Counseling Department or receive assistance with referral for off-campus services, email: counseling@stlcc.edu.

Need help with unemployment services, housing, food, clothing, or more? Contact the Student Advocacy & Resource Center (formerly the Student Assistance Program).

Recognizing Distress – A Self-Check List

  • Increased worry, fear, and feelings of being overwhelmed
  • Depressive symptoms that persist and/or intensify
  • Inability to focus or concentrate accompanied by decreased academic or work performance or performance of other daily activities
  • Sleep difficulties
  • Excessive crying
  • Isolating or withdrawing from others, fear of going into public situations
  • Unhealthy coping (e.g., increased alcohol or drug use, engaging in risky/impulsive behaviors)
  • A feeling of hopelessness and/or a paralyzing fear about the future
  • Sudden anger or irritability, or noticeable changes in personality


Here are some additional tips to help you put information and concerns in perspective, manage your worry, and maintain a positive outlook. And check the free resources below for links to information and resources about coping with anxiety and other emotions regarding COVID-19.

  • Check the College's COVID-19 page for important information
  • Seek accurate information at:
  • Keep things in perspective; shift your focus to things within your control rather than things outside your control
  • Acknowledge your reactions
  • Maintain your normal day-to-day activities and keep connected
  • Practice self-care
  • Follow the prevention and protection tips given by medical professionals
  • Practice calming rituals
  • Seek supports & use campus resources
  • Avoid stigmatizing or generalizing

Additional Free Resources

Adapted in part from: https://www.cornellcollege.edu/counseling/

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