The feeling of stress and anxiety is a totally normal reaction amidst The Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. During this time of great uncertainty, fear and the immense pressure that comes with working on the frontline during a global pandemic, we must always be sure to prioritize our mental health and wellbeing.
We encourage you all to take care of yourself by eating as well as possible, exercising regularly, getting an appropriate amount of sleep, staying connected with family and friends, and finding time for yourself. However, there are certainly times when it feels as if no matter what we do, we can’t shake the terrible thoughts and feelings that accompany mental health issues during a crisis.
Throughout COVID-19, many of us, our friends, family and colleagues, will be dealing with their stress and anxiety alone in isolation. Here are some very important resources that you can use, or share with a loved one, that can help us all get through it:
Anxiety Canada offers free self-management strategies including yoga, meditation, and art, to help combat anxious thoughts and feelings. Visit www.anxietycanada.com to learn more.
The Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) offers a program called Bounce Back for residents of Ontario and BC, aimed at empowering you with essential life skills that can boost your mood every single day. To sign up, go to: https://online.bouncebackonline.ca/
If you, or anyone in your life is struggling right now, the Canadian Suicide Prevention Service also offers a 24/7 crisis line to help if you need to speak with someone immediately. They’re available toll free at 1-833-456-4566 or online via: www.crisisservicescanada.ca
Be sure to check out our COVID-19 resources page by clicking here for plenty of other resources that can help you and others right now.