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Lincoln – As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, it's natural to feel frustration, stress and anxiety. Let's counter it with a remedy of positivity to one another. We can get through this together with kindness and support.
“These times call for each of us to take a moment to ensure we communicate and treat each other with respect," said Sheri Dawson, director of the Division of Behavioral Health at DHHS. “One way that stress presents is through communication. When we are stressed, we may become easily frustrated or angry. Emotion then may impact your communication skills. A person in a heightened sense of stress can have trouble choosing their words carefully or expressing things in an appropriate way. Working to stay calm or taking a deep breath before you respond is important. When a person is feeling stressed, it's easy for them to misunderstand another person's intentions or what they are trying to communicate which can easily escalate. Checking for understanding on what a person said before reacting is the best approach."
The following 7 tips are adapted from The American Psychological Association (“Check Out the Stress Tip Sheet," 2018) to support individuals with a stress management plan:
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