Mental health (COVID-19)
Be mindful of your mental health and the mental health of others
The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted our lives in many ways. You may now be working from home, taking on a new role, or you may be off work for an indefinite amount of time. These, in addition to your other responsibilities, may be causing stress, anxiety, confusion and worry. It is normal to feel this way. The following are tips to support your mental health and the mental health of others during these uncertain times.
Keep yourself informed
Keep yourself informed by seeking information and practical guidelines at specific times of the day from reputable and trusted sources like Public Health Sudbury & Districts, government organizations, and the World Health Organization.
Stay connected while physical distancing and if self- isolating. Maintain your social networks and find new and innovative ways to connect with your family and friends. Call your family and friends, incorporate a game into your video chat, watch a movie together virtually, keep your family updated through email and regular mail. Consider expanding your social circle. Learn how to create a safe social circle.
Have or develop a healthy routine
- Eat healthy at regular times.
- Incorporate regular physical activity into your day. Check out a virtual exercise class, get outside for a walk, or play a sport with members of your household.
- Make sleep a priority.
- Get outside for fresh air, and remember to be sun safe. Getting outside in green spaces has been shown to improve both physical and psychological well-being. Natural light also helps to regulate your sleep cycle.
Make time for things you enjoy
- Play games or participate in other activities with the family. Try a new board game with members of your household or try an online game with friends.
- Reconnect with a hobby or learn something new. There are a number of free online tutorials.
- Try gardening. Check out online tutorials for small herb gardens, easy to grow vegetables or flowers.
- Listening to music and dancing can have therapeutic effects. Put your favourite album on in the background, dance around your house, or try a virtual dance class.
Support others. If able, providing support for others can have positive effects on your mental health. This could include picking up groceries for a friend or family member, checking in on your older neighbours or family, volunteering or donating to a local charity.
If you are noticing that your symptoms of anxiety are interfering with your day to day activities, there are formal support available to you. Please see our list of mental health resources.
This item was last modified on July 22, 2020