Taking care of your mental health (COVID-19)

Feelings of fear, stress and worry are normal in a crisis

The COVID-19 pandemic is new and unexpected. This situation can be unsettling and can cause a sense of loss of control. It is normal for people and communities to feel sad, stressed, confused, scared or worried. People may react in different ways. Some common feelings may include:

  • Fear of becoming ill or infected with COVID-19, or infecting others
  • A sense of being socially excluded or judged by others
  • Fear of being separated from loved ones due to isolation or physical distancing
  • Feelings of helplessness, boredom, loneliness and depression as a result of isolation or physical distancing
  • Fear of losing your job or not being able to work and struggling financially
  • Concern about your children’s education and wellbeing

Care for your mental and physical wellbeing

  • Stay informed but take breaks from social media, watching, reading, or listening to news stories
  • Practice physical distancing, but stay connected. Talk to friends or family about your feelings and concerns through email, phone calls, video chats and social media platforms
  • Practice mindfulness. Take deep breaths, stretch or meditate
  • Try to eat healthy meals, exercise regularly, and get plenty of sleep
  • Consider how to take advantage of any unexpected flexibility in your daily routine
  • Focus on the positive aspects of your life and things you can control
  • Be kind and compassionate to yourself and others
  • If you can, minimize substance use. If you do use substances, practice safer use and good hygiene

You’re not alone – ask for help if you feel overwhelmed

Source: https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/publications/diseases-conditions/taking-care-mental-health.html