Managing Your Stress
Tips for Public
Health Professionals:
Managing Your
Stress
Know the Signs of Stress
Your Behavior:
Increase or decrease in your energy and activity levels
Increase in your alcohol, tobacco or illegal drug use
Increase in irritability, with outbursts of anger or frequent arguing
Difficulty relaxing or sleeping
Frequent crying
Placing blame on other people for everything
Difficulty communicating or listening
Difficulty giving or accepting help
Your Body:
Stomachaches or diarrhea
Headaches and other pains
Loss of appetite or overeating
Sweating or having chills
Tremors or muscle twitches
Being easily startled
Your Emotions:
Anxious or fearful
Inability to feel pleasure or have fun
Depression
Guilt
Anger
Wanting to be alone
Feeling heroic, euphoric or invulnerable
Not caring about anything
Overwhelming sadness
Your Thinking:
Difficulty remembering things
Confusion
Difficulty thinking clearly and concentrating
Excessive worrying
Difficulty making decisions
What You Should Know
As a public health professional, it
is your job to work through and
handle stressful situations. In your
responsibilities to protect the public,
you might lose sight of personal
health and well-being. During
stressful times, it is imperative to
monitor your physical and mental
health. Learn to recognize the
signs of stress and know when to
implement healthy behaviors.
In times like the novel coronavirus
(COVID-19) outbreak, it is easy to
become overwhelmed. For up-to-
date information, refer to the Centers
for Disease Control and Prevention:
cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/
20D0369
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