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In the face of social distancing, self-isolation, contagion, and financial uncertainty, COVID-19 is taking its toll on our collective mental health. This post contains the following:

  • Ten Tips to Reduce COVID-19 Anxiety graphics (can be downloaded and printed)
  • Eight Strategies to Reduce Worry
  • Resources for Stress and Anxiety Support
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Eight Strategies To Reduce Worry

Acknowledge Your Anxiety

Accept that feeling anxious at this time is very reasonable. Try to reframe the anxiety you are experiencing as “a set of feelings, thoughts and emotions” rather than something defining you or your life. Feelings come and go, and they will pass.

Help Your Children With Their Anxieties
For parents who want more guidance answering their kids’ questions about the coronavirus, there is “The Yucky Bug” video written by children’s author Julia Cook. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZD9KNhmOCV4

Schedule Worrying
Give yourself a certain amount of time, say 30 minutes a day, to worry about COVID-19. During this time, try to distinguish between worries over which you have little or no control and worries about problems you can influence.

Limit Your News Intake
Lower your daily dose of news. And when you are searching out news, go to a reputable source like CBCTV or CBC.ca, which is continuing to provide balanced coverage of the health. crisis.

Reframe Self-Isolation
While you are self-isolating, set yourself daily goals. Doing one productive thing a day can lead to a more positive attitude and a more positive attitude reduces stress. Set your sights on long-avoided tasks (like reorganizing that closet) or create something you’ve always wanted to.

Schedule Daily Activities
Self-isolation is new, and it needs new rituals. Plan your day to include activities you enjoy that conform to self-isolation and/or social distancing protocols. These activities could consist of taking a walk first thing in the morning, starting a journal, or speaking to a family member every morning on FaceTime or Skype.

Get moving
Exercise is excellent for reducing anxiety. If you don’t feel like venturing outside for a walk or a bike ride, there are YouTube exercise classes, fitness apps and even an online New York club called Nowadays with live DJ sets every night.

Small acts of altruism
Helping others can give you a sense of purpose and control. Check to see if a family member, friend and/or Elder needs help.

 

Resources for Stress and Anxiety Support

For some people, the stress of trying to deal with concerns about the virus can be overwhelming. A few people may experience mental health crises. For these members, and their families, here is a list of mental health crisis services:

KUU-US Crisis
Crisis Response Services (24 Hour)
Culturally-safe help for Elders, adults, youth and children.
1-250-723-2040
Toll-free: 1-800-588-8717

24 Hour Crisis Support
Crisis Support and Suicide Prevention
Toll-free: 1-800-784-2433

24 Hour Crisis Line
Crisis Support and Suicide Prevention
Toff-free: 310-6789

Pemberton Mental Health Intake
604-698-5861