Resilience on the Front Lines

Coping With COVID-19: Managing Anxiety and Stress

Portrait of coworkers pharmacists with face mask at pharmacy
Portrait of coworkers pharmacists with face mask at pharmacy

Remember that you are not alone in the worries or concerns that you have

Being on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s likely you’ve experienced some level of anxiety. You are not alone in the worry or concern that you have.

In its Leading Through Crisis resource compendium, the American Organization for Nursing Leadership in conjunction with the Humanitarian Disaster Institute, provides recommendations and suggestions for helping you cope with stress or anxiety.

This resource can be consulted, printed, and discussed with your team, as it offers recommendations for how to cope with anxiety by taking the following steps:

  • Understanding our problems—build awareness and insight into how you’re feeling.
  • Grounding—learn how to mentally and physically ground yourself.
  • Deep breathing—this can help slow down or stop your body’s stress response.
  • Gratitude—use gratitude to help shift your mind from the negative to the positive.
  • Meaning making—finding the meaning in your life and in the suffering you’ve seen as a result of COVID-19 can help you weather this unprecedented time.

AONL’s Leading Through Crisis is generously supported by an unrestricted educational grant from the Johnson & Johnson Foundation in partnership with the Johnson & Johnson Center for Health Worker Innovation.

(Developed 6/17/2020)