Mental Health During the Health Crisis
The Novel coronavirus (COVID-19) global health crisis brings with it a great deal of stress for the population. As we practice social distancing and other preventative measures, it’s important to be aware of the stress effects on your mental health.
- Slow down the news cycle. Avoid watching, reading, or listening to the near-constant news streams or to online rumours or poor advice that can cause you to feel anxious or distressed. Seek reliable information mainly to take practical steps. Look for updates once or twice at specific times during the day, from reliable sources (see the list at the bottom). Keep things in perspective.
- Read positive stories about the good things happening in the world, listen to uplifting music, read a good book, watch a fun movie, meditate. Phone or video call your family and friends so that they (and you) do not become isolated – and don’t talk only about the virus.
- Take care of your basic needs. Keep regular sleep routines, eat healthy food, and get some exercise. The sun is out today – consider taking a walk outside (maintaining 2m/6ft social distance)!
- If you are working from home, try to maintain a familiar daily routine and remember to take breaks. Be understanding with your colleagues.
- Your children or older relatives may be more anxious or angry at this time. Share simple facts about what is going on. Share simple practices like hand washing. Be patient. Be kind.
Public health agencies and experts in all countries are working on the outbreak. Protect yourself and be supportive to others, especially the caretakers and healthcare workers in your community.
For more information, visit these reliable sources:
Province of Nova Scotia: https://novascotia.ca/coronavirus/
Government of Canada: https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/diseases/coronavirus-disease-covid-19.html
World Health Organization: https://www.who.int/health-topics/coronavirus