PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) -- Social distancing, seeing grocery stores out of supplies, no school, and businesses shutting down have many people facing coronavirus anxiety.

"This is a time of uncertainty for people," said Valleywise Health Psychiatrist Alicia Cowdrey. In some cases, people are so stressed they are literally hoarding food and supplies.

"I think people are trying to control the things they can't control," said Cowdrey. "One of those things is I can buy all this extra stuff to make me feel better when in reality, that's not going to make a big effect in how this disease spreads or how we take care of each other."

Her coping strategies include getting information from trusted sources, talking to family and friends on the phone when you're home alone, avoid alcohol, and meditating.

"Make sure you stay socially connected even though you are socially distant from people," said Cowdrey. She also recommends spending time outside or exercising.

"It's gonna help you sleep better," said Cowdrey. "It's also gonna brighten your mood, increase your serotonin." Kids can also sense when you're stressed.

"For some kids, they may pick up on the fear and a little bit of the jittery anxiety from the adults in their lives, so one of the best things we can do as adults is approach them with our own sense of calm," said Molly Caldwell, School Counselor with Great Hearts Academies.

Caldwell says most kids already know a lot about coronavirus through their phones and social media. She says you can help them by modeling self-care.

 

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