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K-State publication shares strategies to cope with crisis

Simple at-home activities can help you stay healthy during stressful times

March 25, 2020

MANHATTAN, Kan. – Guidelines for healthy living that are important in normal times are especially valuable in times of potential crisis, such as the spread of the novel coronavirus, COVID-19, around the world.

K-State Research and Extension has compiled numerous publications and more information to help people take care of themselves and others during times of crisis. See the complete list of resources online.

One document, Strategies to help you cope, provides common-sense steps that anyone can take to remain healthy. Among the recommendations:


  • Eat a healthful breakfast.
  • Exercise at least 20 minutes daily.
  • Take a relaxing bath or shower.
  • Abstain from alcohol, tobacco or other drugs.


  • Write your thoughts in a journal or notebook.
  • Listen to relaxing music.
  • Read a book you enjoy.
  • Reach out to someone for support or help.


  • Tell a loved one what you appreciate about him/her.
  • Pray or meditate.
  • Do random acts of kindness.
  • Write down three things you are grateful for daily.

The online publication also includes coping strategies for farmers and ranchers, who are dealing with tight profit margins.

Local K-State Research and Extension agents are still on the job during this time of closures and confinement. They, too, are practicing social distancing. Email is the best way to reach them, but call forwarding and voicemail allow for closed local offices to be reached by phone as well (some responses could be delayed). To find out how to reach your local agents, visit the K-State Research and Extension county and district directory.

At a glance

Guidelines for healthy living that are important in normal times are especially valuable in more stressful times.


K-State Research and Extension COVID-19 Resource Page

Written by

Pat Melgares

For more information: 

Strategies to help you cope


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