Maintaining your well-being and mental health is very important during tough times like now. The reality is that pandemics are stressful for everyone and we all experience it in different ways. Don’t forget we are all in this together even though we may be apart for the time being! There is a lot of support available.
Tips for Self-Care:
- Take a break from social media! The news and social media are the big one. This can easily elevate stress.
- Stay connected with family and friends: many of us rekindled connections with people during this time, so why not continue the trend? This is the best way to stay safe and also see loved ones.
- Regular exercise: mediation, yoga, or doing outdoor workouts are a great way to clear the mind.
- Take deep breaths
- Try maintaining your regular schedule as much as possible (ie: sleep, eating, and work)
- Talk to children about what is happening. Check in on them regularly. Overdoses and suicide rates have gone up worldwide since the pandemic started.
- Take up a new hobby! Gardening, journaling, drawing, baking/cooking etc.
- Plan a social distanced meal! Take advantage of the nice weather and get outside. This is a great way to breathe fresh air and see people (safely). Of course, bring your own food and try not to share.
What does stress look like during a pandemic?
- Change in sleeping or eating patterns
- Change in mental health or chronic issues
- Substance abuse (ie: drugs, alcohol)
- Fear, anxiety, etc. about finances, loved ones, etc.
Ways to Get Help
- Contact a mental health provider in your city/town
- Kids Help Phone: 1-800-668-6868 (toll-free) or text CONNECT to 686868. Available for those ages 5 to 29.
- Hope for Wellness Help Line: Call 1-855-242-3310 (toll-free) or click here for the online chat. Available for Indigenous peoples.
- Canada Suicide Prevention Service: 1-833-456-4566.
- Alberta Health Services: Resources and tools
- Text4Hope: Free daily text messaging services, evidence-based tool that helps people identify and adjust the negative thoughts, feelings and behaviours a pandemic might be expected to provoke. Text COVID19HOPE to 393939 to subscribe.
- Health Together: Guide to home/family life during the pandemic.