Mental Health and COVID-19

Understandably, many people may be feeling anxious, unsure and even scared at this time.  These are normal and healthy responses to unexpected or stressful situations. Disruption to regular daily routines and distancing from family and friends is hard and many are struggling as a result.  In times like these, it’s ok to not feel ok.

tips for mental health

Tips

  • Take deep breaths. Simple breathing exercises can help ease stress.  Try breathing in deeply, counting to three, hold for a count of three, and then slowly breathe out, counting to three.
  • Have a routine.  Structure your day and maintain positive habits, including healthy eating.
  • Let in the sun.  Open windows.  Sunlight can improve your mood.
  • Exercise, dance and have fun.  Blow off steam and boost endorphins.  Try something new.
  • Call or virtually connect with loved ones.  Lean on each other for support.  ‘Social distancing’ is a Misnomer (Globe & Mail article)
  • Stay informed.  Check credible sources of information for updates but take breaks when needed.  Taking in the news all day can be draining.  Unplug for a bit and recharge – listen to music, meditate, journal, read or listen to a podcast instead.
  • Look for the positives.  Share inspirational stories of people helping one another.
  • Engage your brain.  Do a word search, Sudoku, jigsaw or crossword puzzle.
  • Help others.  Volunteer to pick up groceries or walk the dog for a neighbour who is self-isolating.  Helping someone else can make you feel good.
  • Remember, this is only a temporary situation.
  • Seek help.  If you are feeling overwhelmed, reach out.  Community help is available.

THE CANADIAN COALITION FOR SENIORS’ MENTAL HEALTH offers some great suggestions on “Activities to do while Physical Distancing”  Give one a try today! 🙂

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