Managing stress and anxiety

Resources for managing stress and anxiety during COVID-19

The following resources for managing stress and anxiety have been compiled by MDHB staff. 


7 Science-Based Strategies to Cope with the COVID-19 Anxiety (external website)

American Psychological Association COVID-19 Articles (external website)


The Useful Psychologist

Dr Sarb Johal creates videos about psychology, and how we can apply it to solve everyday problems. In particular, he aims to support people through tough times like disasters. Sarb has a B.Sc. (Hons) in psychology and two doctorates, a Research Doctorate in Psychology (PhD) from the University of Cardiff, and a Professional Doctorate in Clinical Psychology (DClinPsy) from the University College London. 

Watch the Useful Psychologist wellbeing videos on YouTube (external website)

Russ Harris 

Russ Harris's video outlines practical steps for responding effectively to COVID-19 usinng the principles of acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT).

Watch Russ Harris's video on YouTube (external website)


The following tools and resources give support for managing stress and anxiety.

Building resilience

The following tools outline practical steps to help you manage stress and build resilience in response to the pandemic.

Download the developing psychological resilience through the pandemic resource (PDF, 245 KB, 12 pages)

Download the guide to living with worry and anxiety amidst global uncertainty (PDF, 1.1 MB, 14 pages)

Download the FACE COVID eBook by Russ Harris (PDF, 496 KB, 12 pages)

Distress tolerance 

In times of crisis, there are many things you can do to focus on the positive and manage feelings of distress. The following resources give some practical steps for building distress tolerance.

Download the distress tolerance handout  (PDF, 828 KB, 15 pages)

Download the distress tolerance infographic (PDF, 189 KB, 1 pages)

Staying positive

One practical way to manage stress and anxiety is to focus on what is positive and to avoid negative thinking. The following tools support positive thinking:

Download the positive affirmations onesheet (PDF, 119 KB, 1 pages)

Download the unhelpful thinking habits onesheet (PDF, 157 KB, 1 pages)