With news of the COVID-19 virus coming at us from all directions, anxiety is running high, and it's important to stay mindful of self-care. During these unprecedented times of self-quarantine and social distancing, we must all take steps to ensure we stay healthy.
MD Anderson experts have offered the following advice:
- Find a healthy balance: Limit the time you listen to news about the virus and instead participate in healthy activities. It’s important to engage in a lifestyle that encourages resilience and a healthy balance between work and home life.
- Keep perspective: Use reliable sources such as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the National Institutes of Health and the World Health Organization to find your information. Being educated can help relieve anxiety and speculation.
- Take care of your body: Stress can impact many parts of our bodies, and can cause shortness of breath, sore muscles and even fatigue. To avoid these side effects, it’s important to take care of your body. Deep breathing, meditation and yoga can all help.
Rapidly changing news can cause anxiety, and your physical and emotional wellness are equally important. Please be mindful of your own personal needs and practice self-care.
Online support groups
As families face the uncertainties of a cancer diagnosis and the COVID-19 pandemic, MD Anderson's Social Work department is hosting WebEx support groups for patients and caregivers. Learn more about these sessions an how to register on our support groups information site.
Practicing social distancing is one of the best ways to reduce the spread of infection but it makes it hard to connect with others. If you would like to talk to someone who’s had a similar diagnosis, treatment or cancer experience, our survivor volunteers are available to connect with you by phone. You can use MyChart to request a unique match with a survivor volunteer. Send the myCancerConnection team a message asking for support or if you would like to give someone else support. myCancerConnection is a cancer support community of trained survivor and caregiver volunteers that offers free support to patients, caregivers and survivors regardless of where they receive treatment. Learn more about myCancerConnection.
Due to our response to COVID-19, all blood donations at MD Anderson
Blood Donor Center locations are being held by appointment only.