3 Tips to Cope with COVID-19 Stress

by Stephanie Lopez, updated May 11, 2020

The outbreak of COVID-19 has changed many lives around the globe. It is a stressful time for everyone that has caused strong emotions in adults and children alike. Learning how to cope with stress will help make you and your community stronger. Below are some of the tips I find help me cope with stress during this time:

  1. Take care of your body:  Spending long hours inside of the house and laying in bed is not the healthiest for your body and/or mind. I recommend going outside to catch sunlight for a few minutes. Running, walking or jogging are my favorite types of exercise. If you have a pet, play with your pet! Just taking fresh breaths of air can make a huge difference.

  2. Connect with friends:  You can make social distancing social. We are lucky to have access to many resources to connect with friends and family. You can video call, call, or message your friends and engage in activities such as watching a movie, singing together, or even dancing! Use this time to connect with others and to check up on them.

  3. Read a book:  A book is one of the best teachers to learn lessons about others and yourself. Find something that piques your interest or surprise yourself by enjoying a topic outside of your comfort zone and interests. A book helps you travel time and space.

I hope these simple tips will help you during this time. Remember, everyone is going through a difficult time, however, we will come out of this stronger. Please remember to be kind to one another. You never know, your smile could make their day!

COVID-19: FAQS

Is the office closed to the public?

Yes, based on the orders from the federal and local governments, our office will be closed until further notice. We encourage residents to do all property-related business, such as rental payments, work orders, communications, etc., by phone, email or through the Resident Portal.

Will you still be completing resident work orders?

We will continue to complete all work orders but we will only prioritize completing emergency work orders. All other work orders will be completed but since our maintenance staff will not be on property full time, it may take longer than usual to complete. We ask that you have patience as we adjust to this transition.

If I am locked out of my room or apartment, will staff be available to let me in?

If you happen to be locked out of your apartment, we ask that you call the office number and speak with one of our leasing agents. If it is during office hours, we will dispatch someone to assist. If it is outside of office hours, you will be responsible for finding a locksmith to assist you with entry.

I have lost income due to lay off, shortened hours or termination. Do I still have to pay my rent?

Rent is still due according to the lease agreement. Please refer to your lease agreement for any additional questions on when payments are due. We are not abating rent at this time, but if you have any questions regarding payment options, please contact our accounting department at ​accounting@rentathens.com