For many people, the COVID-19 pandemic affected their day-to-day lives, bringing challenges that can often feel very stressful. Combined with things like social distancing, it can leave one feeling lonely and anxious. A little stress can be harmless and may even be helpful. However, according to the National Institute of Mental Health, ongoing stress can play a part in serious health conditions. Knowing about the different types of stress and about how to cope with them can help you take care of your health.