Category: Coping During COVID-19

When Someone Asks “How are You” & You Say, “I’m Fine,” Are You Really?

This week is Mental Health Week in Canada. And how timely given the challenging times of this global pandemic. The overarching message for the year is the importance of social connection on mental health. A message that’s difficult to heed when we’re trying to protect ourselves and others by physical distancing.

So the Canadian Mental Health Association’s campaign is for everyone to “#GetReal about how we feel and lean on each other for support, even if it has to be from afar.

So often we’re used to covering how we’re feeling with the words ‘I’m fine.’ When we do that, we’re choosing not to share our truth, and so preventing opportunities for real social connections and missing out on meaningful connections.… Read the rest

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Two Tools to Calm Anxiety

The following are two simple tools you can use anywhere to calm anxiety.

1. A Simple Meditation

Count 30 breaths backwards. Meditation doesn’t have to be complicated. Focusing on your breathing is a mindful way to calm down. Counting backwards gives your mind a simple task to focus on, distracting you from spiraling thoughts. Meanwhile the extra oxygen adds to calming your anxiety.

After 10 breaths, you will start to notice where you’re tense or holding your body and can then consciously relax that part of your body. As you go, you’ll notice even subtler tension and relaxation.

By the 15th breath, you will notice your breathing getting slower, deeper, and stretched out, allowing more oxygen into your body.Read the rest

PART 1: A Global Pandemic & Self Isolation Present Us with New Fears & Gifts Too

The Gifts

For everyone’s physical health, STAYING HOME is the new normal for many people right now. And if you’re among the many, essential service workers, I give you acknowledgement and thank you for your bravery.

There’s no doubt it is a challenging time, and we’re facing a massive changing situation the world has never seen before on this scale. Unprecedented is hardly an adequate description for it. But it is a shared experience and because of that I see an opportunity. I’m not the first to say it.

“In every crisis lies an opportunity”

–Albert Einstein

We are in the space between the old way of being and the possibility of new.

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PART 2: A Global Pandemic & Self Isolation Present Us with New Fears & Gifts Too

The Fears

When fearful thoughts (pandemic fears) come up do you react in a destructive manner, or a way that you later regret?

Let’s consider better ways to respond that you can feel good about. For example, rather than turning away to avoid the issue that’s creating fear, or panicking and losing perspective, you can practice breathing and grounding yourself to remain present or authentic, (i.e. more who you really are than who your fears are telling you to be).

From a calm place, you’ll make choices that lead you towards being empowered or transformed. To do this takes moving forward – through the fearful thoughts.

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Isolation and Mental Health

At this time staying home (in isolation) to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus is an act of safety, solidarity and kindness.

But no longer having interactions with the people we did before and changes to work and routine can be especially hard to deal with. Then, add in the health precautions and uncertainty, and a lot of feelings can come up. These are complex emotions, but there are helpful strategies for coping and moving through this period of time.

Some of the feelings you may experience are:

  • Fear/anxiety
  • Anger
  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Feeling more depressed
  • Frustration
  • Sadness
  • Helplessness

7 Tips for Coping Well While Staying Home During COVID-19

  1. Stay in the present moment…..
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Do Your Inner Thoughts Often Sound Judgemental and Critical?

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When Someone Asks “How are You” & You Say, “I’m Fine,” Are You Really?

<p>This week is <a href="http://www.mentalhealthweek.ca">Mental Health Week in Canada</a>. And how timely given the challenging …

tools to calm anxiety

Two Tools to Calm Anxiety

<p style="margin: 0cm; margin-bottom: .0001pt;"><span style="color: #0e101a;">The following are two simple tools you can …